Wahine Volleyball: Second in preseason poll

Defending national champ USC tops the preseason coaches poll.

The USA Today/AVCA Coaches top 25 preseason women's volleyball poll is out and the University of Hawaii Wahine are where most expected they'd be, ranked second.

Defending national champion USC received 64 of the 65 first place votes to top the rankings. Hawaii got the other vote.

The Wahine return five starters off of last season's squad that went 34-2 and advanced to the national semifinals, falling to Stanford.

The Wahine open their season Friday, August 22nd against 15th ranked Kansas State at the NACWAA/State Farm tournament at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawaii will then face either number one USC or third ranked Florida the following day.

Other preseason ranked teams Hawaii will challenge this coming season are, 22nd ranked Louisville, #6 Minnesota, #13 UCLA, #4 Stanford, #14 Santa Clara and #10 Arizona.

For the complete Top 25, go to:

http://www.avca.org/collegiate/dipoll/dipoll8-11-03.asp


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