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Georgia Tech Volleyball Ranked 12th in USA Today/AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll

Aug. 9, 2004

The Georgia Tech volleyball team begins the 2004 season ranked 12th in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Preseason Poll released on Monday. The Yellow Jackets, which return six starters to a team which finished the 2003 season with a school-record 34 wins, received 931 votes. Southern California, the defending national champion, is atop the poll, receiving 1,596 votes.

“This is exactly where we started the preseason last year and it was a great starting point for our program,” said head coach Bond Shymansky, who has led the Yellow Jackets to a preseason ranking the last two years. “We’re looking forward to taking on three of the teams ranked ahead of us in the first weekend of the season and we’re confident that our schedule in the preseason will prepare us well for ACC play.”

This marks the fourth time in the program’s history that Georgia Tech has earned a preseason ranking. In 1996 the Yellow Jackets opened the season ranked No. 16, in 2001 they were ranked No. 25 while in 2003 they began the year ranked No. 12.

The Yellow Jackets open the season Aug. 27 against Southern California in the prestigious NACWAAClassic, held in Ft. Collins, Colo. Four teams on the 2004 schedule appear in the poll, including Minnesota and Colorado State, who open the year ranked fifth and 11th respectively.

USA TODAY/AVCA DIVISION I COACHES TOP 25
Preseason Poll, August 9, 2004
Rank School
(First-Place Votes)
Total Points 2003 Record Last Ranking
1 USC (56) 1,596 35-0 1
2 Nebraska (5) 1,417 28-5 13
3 UCLA 1,386 24-9 5
4 Florida 1,360 36-2 2
5 Minnesota (1) 1,318 26-11 4
6 Stanford (2) 1,230 25-7 10
7 Washington 1,170 23-9 9
8 Penn State 1,160 31-5 7
9 Pepperdine 1,091 27-3 6
10 California (1) 1,082 25-7 12
11 Colorado State 997 30-5 14
12 Georgia Tech 931 34-4 8
13 Hawai’i 718 36-2 3
14 Kansas State 658 30-5 11
15 Texas A&M 552 23-10 16
16 UC Santa Barbara 546 19-9 22
17 Arizona 500 17-15 NR
18 Loyola Marymount 438 26-7 17
19 Illinois 426 26-7 15
20 Louisville 304 25-6 20
21 Northern Iowa 272 28-6 18
22 Santa Clara 271 20-11 19
23 Wisconsin 260 22-11 21
24 Utah 161 22-9 23
25 Notre Dame 136 23-7 24

Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Maryland 112, Cincinnati 110, Long Beach State 108, San Diego 105, Texas 88, Kansas 85, Missouri 78, Michigan 68, Colorado 59, Brigham Young 58, Michigan State 45, UC Irvine 39, Pittsburgh 34, Florida A&M 27, Ohio 20, Arkansas 18, Wichita State 13, Fresno State 12, Tennessee 11, North Carolina 8, Ohio State 7, Pacific 7, Western Michigan 6, Ball State 3, Florida State 2.

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