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Five members of Creighton's junior class: Michelle Sicner, Leah McNary, Katie Neisler, Kelli Browning and Lizzy Stivers
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Volleyball is Nationally Ranked in Preseason For First Time

OMAHA, Neb. -- With nine letterwinners and four starters back from last year's team that went 29-4 and finished the fall ranked No. 24 nationally, the Creighton Volleyball team will enter the season with a preseason national ranking next to its name for the first time in 2013.

Creighton was ranked No. 25 in the preseason 2013 poll, and were the only BIG EAST team to receive recognition. The poll is led by defending national champion Texas, followed by Penn State, Stanford, USC and Washington.

Creighton's non-conference schedule features five teams that are ranked in the preseason poll, including No. 11 Hawai'i, No. 12 UCLA, No. 13 BYU, No. 20 Kansas and No. 24 Wichita State. The Jays also host California, which received enough votes to be 37th in the ranking.

Creighton moved into the national rankings for the first time in program history last November 5, moving into the No. 25 spot in the poll. The Bluejays were also ranked 23rd (Nov. 12), 21st (Nov. 19) and No. 24 in the year-end poll.

Last year's squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after sweeping Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles. Top returnees include all-conference selections Melanie Jereb, Leah McNary and Kelli Browning.

Being ranked in the preseason poll is no guarantee of future success, however. In the last five seasons, only 93-of-125 teams (74.4 percent) would be in both the preseason and postseason AVCA Top 25 polls. In that same time frame, all but 11 teams named in the preseason AVCA Top 25 poll would go on to reach the NCAA Tournament (91.2 percent).

The Bluejays reported to campus on August 8th, hosts the annual Blue-White Scrimmage on Aug. 23, and opens the regular-season on Aug. 30 with a match against No. 13 BYU at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Bowling Green, Ohio. It will mark the third time Creighton has begun the year against a top-25 foe, joining 1998 (No. 5 Nebraska) and 2008 (No. 16 Minnesota).

Creighton in the AVCA Poll, All-Time
Date    Votes Received    Rank
12/21/10    3    36th
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
2012 Final    172    24th
08/12/13    133    25th

Rank

School (First-Place Votes)

Total Points

2012 Record 

 2012  Final
Poll 

1

Texas (55) 

  1490    

29-4 

   1     

2

   Penn State (3)     

  1425     

    33-3      

   3     

 3 

   Stanford (2)      

  1379     

   30-4     

   4     

4

Southern California     

   1307     

   30-6     

   6     

5

   Washington     

  1167   

   25-7     

   9     

  Minnesota    

   1140    

   27-8     

   8     

 7 

   Michigan     

   1120    

    27-12     

   5     

8

   Oregon     

   1020    

   30-5     

   2    

9

   Florida     

   996     

    27-5     

   10     

10

   Nebraska    

   962     

   26-7     

   7     

11

Hawai'i 

   825     

27-3 

    11     

12

   UCLA     

   791     

   23-8     

    13     

13

   BYU     

   728     

   28-4     

   12    

14

   Michigan State 

   676     

    25-10     

   16    

15

   Iowa State     

   650     

   22-8     

    14     

16

   Purdue     

   585     

   23-11     

    15    

 17 

   Kentucky     

   504     

   22-11     

     20     

18

Florida State 

   479     

   28-4     

    18    

19

   Louisville     

   389     

   30-4     

    17    

 20 

Kansas     

   304     

    26-7     

    25    

 21 

Western Kentucky 

   262     

 33-4 

    21    

22

   Dayton     

   229     

     27-5     

    19    

23

Ohio State 

   202     

     23-11     

    22    

 24 

   Wichita State     

   172     

     24-10     

    23    

 25 

   Creighton    

   133     

     29-4     

    24    


Others Receiving Votes and appearing on two or more ballots:  San Diego 101; North Carolina 68; Pepperdine 65; Illinois 49; Miami (FL) 41; Oklahoma 35; Kansas State 32; Long Beach State 30; St. Mary's (CA) 27; Texas A&M 20; Wisconsin 17; California 16; Colorado State 15; Notre Dame 6; San Diego State 6; Northern Iowa 3.


Eight teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 33 combined points.

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