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Texas A&M Ranked No. 16 in AVCA Preseason Poll

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M is No. 16 in the AVCA Top-25 Coaches Preseason Poll, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced today.

The defending Southeastern Conference-champion Aggies return five starters and the libero, as well as 14 letterwinners overall, from last year’s celebrated team that captured the program’s first-ever conference championship and was No. 18 in the final AVCA Top 25 Poll. Texas A&M also was an all-time high No. 9 in the final Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship.

Defending national champion Nebraska is No. 1 in the preseason poll, having received 60 of 64 first-place votes. NCAA runner-up Texas, which received three first-place votes, Minnesota and Wisconsin are Nos. 2, 3 and 4, respectively, and the Aggies will face all three teams during their rigorous preconference season.

Overall, five of Texas A&M’s 11 preseason matches are against teams ranked in the top 20, as the Aggies also will take on No. 15 Ohio State and No. 17 Florida State in nonconference play.

At No. 10, Florida is the highest ranked SEC team in the preseason poll. Kentucky is tabbed 24th, and Missouri is receiving votes and is listed 28th.

The Aggies’ No. 16 showing matches their highest preseason ranking since they were No. 16 in 2005. Texas A&M was No. 13 in the 1997 preseason poll, marking the highest preseason ranking in program history.

Texas A&M, one of only 13 teams in the nation to make at least 19 NCAA tournament appearances since head coach Laurie Corbelli was hired in 1993, begins the season August 26 against Nevada in the opening match of the North Texas Challenge in Denton, Texas. The Aggies’ home opener is Friday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. against No. 4 Wisconsin at Reed Arena.

The Aggies begin defense of their SEC title on Friday, Sept. 23 at Alabama. Texas A&M makes its home conference debut against Auburn on Sunday, Sept. 25.

AVCA Division I Coaches Preseason Poll: August 10, 2016

                                                                                             Total                      2015               2015 Final

Rank          School (1st-place votes)                        Points                  Record               Ranking

1

Nebraska (60)

1594

32-4

1

2

Texas (3)

1517

30-3

2

3

Minnesota

1368

30-5

3

4

Wisconsin

1255

26-7

10

5

Kansas

1237

30-3

4

6

Hawai’i

1183

29-2

7

T-7

Washington

1162

31-3

6

T-7

Southern California

1162

33-3

5

9

Penn State

1123

28-6

9

10

Florida

1090

25-7

8

11

Stanford (1)

979

23-7

14

12

UCLA

940

25-8

12

13

BYU

806

28-4

11

14

Illinois

724

21-13

15

15

Ohio State

700

25-10

13

16

TEXAS A&M

600

24-7

18

17

Florida State

443

25-8

20

18

Creighton

419

27-9

19

19

North Carolina

386

21-10

25

20

Purdue

335

23-10

17

21

Loyola Marymount

295

24-9

16

22

Western Kentucky

221

32-4

22

23

Louisville

201

25-7

21

24

Kentucky

161

21-10

NR

25

Colorado State

145

26-4

23

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: San Diego 113; Michigan State 107; Missouri 97; Oregon 85; Michigan 83; Arizona 68; Iowa State 59; Long Beach State 25; Arkansas State 23; Wichita State 21; Arizona State 16; Dayton 6; Marquette 6; TCU 3; Six teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 36 combined points.

12 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 55 combined points.

Next Poll: August 29

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