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Jacket Volleyball No. 8 in Final USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll

Dec. 30, 2003

The Georgia Tech volleyball team which advanced to the Elite Eight before falling to Hawaii in the NCAA Tournament ends the 2003 season ranked 8th in the final USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll released last week. The Yellow Jackets, which expereienced their best season in school history with a 34-4 record, received 1,182 votes. Southern California, this year’s national champion, is atop the poll, receiving 1,625 votes.

“Obviously, we are excited,” said head coach Bond Shymansky, who has led the Yellow Jackets to the highest final ranking in school history. “We had a fantastic season this year and experienced many ‘firsts’ along the way. Hopefully this is just the start of many successful seasons at Georgia Tech.”

This marks just the third 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 last season the team finished the year ranked No. 17. The top-10 ranking also marks the highest final ranking for any ACC school while five opponents during the 2003 season finished the year ranked in the top 25.

USA TODAY/AVCA DIVISION I COACHES TOP 25Final Poll, December 24, 2003Rank    School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2003 Record                     Last Ranking1       USC (65)        1,625   35-0    12       Florida 1,558   36-2    33       Hawai'i         1,494   36-2    24       Minnesota       1,370   26-11   145       UCLA    1,300   24-9    76       Pepperdine      1,232   27-3    47       Penn State      1,215   31-5    108       Georgia Tech    1,182   34-4    119       Washington      1,141   23-9    1310      Stanford        1,054   25-7    511      Kansas State    990     30-5    612      California      941     25-7    813      Nebraska        886     28-5    914      Colorado State  823     30-5    1215      Illinois        717     26-7    1516      Texas A&M   637     23-10   1717      Loyola Marymount        578     26-7    1618      Northern Iowa   502     28-6    1819      Santa Clara     380     20-11   1920      Louisville      360     25-6    2021      Wisconsin       257     22-11   2322      UC Santa Barbara        240     19-9    2123      Utah    172     22-9    2524      Notre Dame      143     23-7    2225      Maryland        113     27-8    24

Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Pittsburgh 36, Kansas 33, Arkansas 25, Ohio 23, Florida A&M 18, Brigham Young 16, UC Irvine 14, Michigan 12, University of San Francisco 10, Arizona 7, Dayton 7.

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