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Women's Volleyball Ranked in Both Preseason Polls
By: UCLA Athletics

August 12, 1998

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's volleyball team is ranked No. 18 in the preseason edition of the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top-25 poll and No. 14 in the Volleyball magazine top20. The Bruins landed the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation and return three starters, eight letterwinners and three athletes who redshirted last season. UCLA opens the 1998 season Sept. 4-6 at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic facing No. 14 Hawaii, then No. 6 Florida and No. 13 Ohio State.

UCLA is scheduled to face 11 teams ranked among the preseason AVCA top-25, including top-ranked Penn State and defending champion Stanford, plus four more that received votes. The Pac-10 Conference is well represented with five teams in the top-25 and three more receiving votes. Last year, the Bruins finished the season ranked just outside of the top-25 as the top vote getter in the others receiving votes category. UCLA started the year ranked No. 21 and went on to post a 17-13 record, reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top-25 Poll
Preseason Edition (8/11/98)

Rk School (1st Votes)     Pts '97 Rec. Final '97 Rank
1  Penn State (29)       1446  34-2     2
2  Long Beach State (17) 1418  33-2     3
3  USC (5)               1279  23-6     9
4  Stanford (7)          1210  33-2     1
5  Nebraska (1)          1204  27-7     8
6  Florida               1165  34-3     4
7  Wisconsin             1143  30-3     5
8  BYU                   1070  29-6     7
9  Texas (1)             1040  25-7    10
10 UC Santa Barbara       938  31-5     6
11 Pacific                886  23-9    16
12 Colorado               795  22-9    14
13 Ohio State             514  24-11   15
14 Hawai'i                508  25-8    25
15 Arkansas               494  30-6    21
16 Notre Dame             471  25-9    18
17 Michigan State         438  19-8    NR
18 UCLA                   399  17-13   NR
19 Texas A&M              386  26-8    13
20 Loyola Marymount       381  22-7    17
21 Univ. of San Diego     331  26-4    20
22 Washington State       330  26-7    12
23 Washington             321  20-10   11
24 Florida State          172  25-9    NR
25 Pepperdine             149  23-6    24

Others Receiving Votes: Colorado State (103), Arizona (94), Michigan (90), Maryland (88), Georgia (72), Houston (72), Illinois (67), Minnesota (64), Texas Tech (52), Kansas State (49), Oklahoma (34), Utah (34), Oral Roberts (25), Clemson (23), Northern Illinois (22), South Carolina (21), Fresno State (12), Louisville (12), Sacramento State (11), Ball State (9), Oregon State (8), San Diego State (8), Central Florida (7), Arizona State (6), South Florida (6), Illinois State (5), Temple (5), Cal Poly SLO (4), Miami (OH) (3), Auburn (2).

Volleyball magazine Top-20 Poll
Preseason Edition (8/11/98)

Rk School            '97 Rec. Final '97 Rank
1  Long Beach State  33-2      2
2  Penn State        34-2      3
3  Texas             25-7     14
4  USC               23-6      8
5  Stanford          33-2      1
6  Nebraska          27-7     10
7  Pacific           23-9     15
8  Colorado          22-9     NR
9  UC Santa Barbara  31-5      6
10 BYU               29-6      5
11 Florida           34-3      7
12 Wisconsin         30-3      4
13 Arkansas          30-6     19
14 UCLA              17-13    NR
15 Hawai'i           25-8     11
16 Michigan State    19-8     NR
17 Washington State  26-7     12
18 Oral Roberts      23-6     NR
19 Florida State     25-9     NR
20 Washington        20-10    16

EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Aug 29 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Aug 30 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Sep 05 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 10:00 AM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:30 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, Sep 23 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 12:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - TBA PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
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