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Creighton is ranked 23rd in the 2014 preseason poll, its best preseason ranking in school history.
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Volleyball Ranked 23rd in Preseason AVCA Poll

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton Volleyball program is ranked 23rd in the preseason Top 25 poll released this afternoon by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. It's the second straight season the Bluejays have earned a spot in the preseason poll, and a two-spot upgrade after being 25th in last year's initial survey.

The poll is led by defending national champ Penn State and also features Texas, Stanford, Washington and USC in the top-five.

For the second straight fall, Creighton's non-conference schedule features five teams that are ranked in the preseason poll, including No. 5 USC, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 11 Illinois, No. 19 Kentucky and No. 22 Kansas. The Jays also host Colorado, which received enough votes to be 33rd in the ranking, and have a home-and-home series with league foe Marquette, which was ranked 29th. The Golden Eagles are the only other BIG EAST squad listed.

Creighton has spent 10 weeks in the top-25 of the rankings during the course of the past two seasons, with four such weeks in 2012 before six weeks as a ranked squad last fall. Last year's team was ranked 25th in the preseason poll, then opened the year with a victory over No. 13 BYU.

Last year's Bluejay squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons, defeating Arkansas before falling at Kansas with a Sweet 16 bid on the line. Top returnees for CU include all-conference selections  Leah McNary, Kelli Browning and Michelle Sicner.

Being ranked in the preseason poll is no guarantee of future success, however. In the last six seasons, only 109-of-150 teams (72.7 percent) would be in both the preseason and postseason AVCA Top 25 polls. In that same time frame, all but 15 teams named in the preseason AVCA Top 25 poll would go on to reach the NCAA Tournament (90 percent).

The Bluejays opened their fall practice schedule earlier this morning, hosts the annual Blue-White Scrimmage on Aug. 22, and opens the regular-season on Aug. 29 with a match against Lipscomb at the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence, Kan.

Creighton in the AVCA Poll, All-Time
Date    Votes Received    Rank
12/21/10    3    36th
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08/27/12    2    T-38th
09/10/12    7    T-36th
09/17/12    34    32nd
09/24/12    14    33rd
10/08/12    2    T-37th
10/15/12    22    32nd
10/22/12    35    28th
10/29/12    31    27th
11/05/12    80    25th
11/12/12    156    23rd
11/19/12    242    21st
12/18/12    172    24th
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08/12/13    133    25th
09/02/13    423    19th
09/09/13    180    24th
09/16/13    164    23rd
09/23/13    211    23rd
09/30/13    216    22nd
10/07/13    32    T-33rd
10/14/13    60    30th
10/21/13    63    26th
10/28/13    20    T-31st
11/25/13    11    30th
12/02/13    9    31st
12/23/13    4    31st

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08/11/14    184    23rd


Rank
       School (First-Place Votes)
Total Points
2013 Record
2013 Final Rank

1

Penn State (32)

1417

34-2

1

2

Texas (11)

1389

27-3

3

3

Stanford (7)

1356

27-6

5

4

Washington

1280

30-3

4

5

Southern California (2)

1272

29-6

6

6

Wisconsin (8)

1264

28-10

2

7

Nebraska

1149

26-7

7

8

Purdue

980

23-12

8

9

BYU

924

24-7

13

10

Florida

897

28-4

15

11

Illinois

813

18-15

16

12

Minnesota

802

28-7

10

13

Florida State

695

26-8

11

14

San Diego

628

26-4

9

15

Missouri

547

35-1

12

16

Michigan State

494

23-12

14

17

Hawai'i

481

25-5

18

18

Colorado State

472

28-2

21

19

Kentucky

452

22-9

20

20

North Carolina

378

27-5

25

21

Duke

361

28-5

22

22

Kansas

232

26-8

17

23

Creighton

184

23-9

NR

24

American

134

32-3

19

25

Arizona State

129

19-14

NR

Others Receiving Votes and appearing on two or more ballots: Oregon 115; Oklahoma 114; California 111; Marquette 102; Arizona 60; Iowa State 59; LSU 52; Colorado 32; UC Santa Barbara 26; Michigan 23; UCLA 23; Cal State Northridge 19; Long Beach State 11; New Mexico 9; UT San Antonio 3

 

Five schools were listed on only one ballot for a total of 17 combined points.


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