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Georgia Tech Volleyball No. 17 in Final USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll

Jan. 3, 2005

The Georgia Tech volleyball team which advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to national runner-up Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament ends the 2004 season ranked 17th in the final USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll released in December. The Yellow Jackets, who ended their season with a 27-7 record, including a perfect 16-0 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play, received 669 votes. Stanford, this year’s national champion, is atop the poll, receiving 1,625 votes.

“Obviously, we are pleased,” said head coach Bond Shymansky, who has led the Yellow Jackets to a final ranking in each of his seasons as head coach. “We struggled early this year and fell out of the polls back in September, but our team kept working hard and improved so much during the course of the season, and it paid off for us at the end of the season. I think it says a lot about the respect we earned from other coaches to end the season ranked.”

This marks just the fourth time in the program’s history that Georgia Tech has appeared in the final poll. In 1995, the Yellow Jackets ended the season ranked 22nd while in 2002 the team finished the year ranked No. 17. Last season’s ranking of No. 8 marked the highest ranking in school and ACC history. Six of Tech’s opponents during the 2004 season finished the year ranked in the top 25.

USA TODAY/AVCA DIVISION I COACHES TOP 25Final Poll, December 22, 2004Rank    School (First-Place Votes)      Total Points    2004 Record                             Last Ranking1       Stanford (65)   1,625   30-6    62       Minnesota       1,557   33-5    43       Washington      1,474   28-3    54       Southern California     1,446   23-6    85       Nebraska        1,352   30-2    16       Ohio State      1,262   30-4    77       Penn State      1,151   29-3    38       Hawai'i 1,122   30-1    29       UCLA    1,115   20-11   1310      Tennessee       996     32-3    911      Texas   950     26-5    1012      San Diego       868     24-5    1113      Saint Mary's (Calif.)   810     25-4    1214      Wisconsin       749     22-10   2215      Florida 687     28-5    1416      Louisville      684     30-3    1517      Georgia Tech    669     27-7    2018      California      496     17-12   1719      Colorado State  458     26-4    1620      Texas A&M   424     19-9    1821      UC Santa Barbara        351     24-4    1922      Arizona 275     19-11   2123      Kansas State    189     20-11   2324      Missouri        108     20-9    24-tie25      Florida A&M 91      28-3    24-tie

Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Purdue, 49, Ohio 44, Long Beach State, 34, Utah, 24, Wichita State, 22, Kansas, 21, Maryland, 7, Notre Dame, 5, Pacific, 5, Santa Clara 5.

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