The Bruins are ranked sixth in the Preseason AVCA poll, as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Friday.
Pepperdine owns the No. 1 spot in the Top 10 poll, followed by USC, Long Beach State, Florida State and Hawai'i. Following the Bruins, Nebraska is ranked seventh, ahead of Saint Mary's, FIU and Stanford to round out the Top 10.
The Bruins open their second season of sand volleyball on Thursday, March 6 against first-year program Cal State Northridge at 3:30 p.m. at Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica.