EUGENE - The University of Oregon volleyball team continued to receive notoriety as one of the nation's top teams and was picked 14th in the first national preseason poll released this fall by Volleyball Magazine.
Oregon was one of six Pacific-10 Conference teams that ranked top 15 overall with No. 4 Washington, No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 California, No. 10 UCLA and No. 12 USC.
Last year's national champion Penn State led the poll, and ws followed by No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Nebraska, No. 4 Washington and No. 5 Stanford. Other teams in the top 10 included No. 6 California, No. 7 Hawai'i, No. 8 Minnesota, No. 9 Florida and No. 10 UCLA.
An online article by the magazine with quick previews of the top 20 teams is available at the http://www.volleyballmag.com/archive/2009/Poll.php URL link, and a link to last year's NCAA championship bracket is available in the LINKS box to the right.
Volleyball Magazine Preseason Top 20
1. Penn State
11. Iowa State
16. San Diego
T17. Wichita State
T17. Saint Louis
20. Santa Clara
Others Receiving Votes: Purdue, Pepperdine, Cal Poly, Kansas State, Kentucky, Long Beach State, Wisconsin, Colorado State, Louisville, Texas A&M, Duke
The other national preseason poll sponsored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) should also come out soon. The Ducks finished the 2008 season ranked ninth by the AVCA for the second straight year and climbed as high as sixth nationally last November - its highest-ever ranking.
Head Coach Jim Moore is in his fifth season guiding the Oregon program, and UO enjoyed an impressive 2008 campaign when it racked up its most overall wins (25) since 1984, its second straight (and ever) trip to the third round of the 64-team NCAA tournament, its best Pac-10 finish and record (fourth, 11-7) since '87, and its first run of three straight top-six league finishes (fourth-'08, fifth-'07; sixth-'06) since the league's origin in 1986.
Duck fans can get a second glimpse of this year's squad in a free exhibition against various Oregon alumni Saturday, August 22, that will start at 7 p.m. at McArthur Court. Spectators are asked to bring three canned goods to donate to the Lane County Food Bank.
A week later, UO officially kicks off the season with the Oregon Classic, Friday-Saturday, August 28-29, and will take on San Francisco, Friday at 7 p.m., Eastern Washington, Saturday at 10 a.m., and Missouri State, Saturday at 7 p.m. Three other matches between the other teams will also be held Friday and Saturday, and match times are available via the GoDucks.com season schedule link at the top of the page.
Season tickets are also available by calling the Duck ticket office at 1-800-WEB-FOOT during normal weekday business hours.
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