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Rainbow Wahine Ranked No. 8 In AVCA Preseason Poll

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – (Hawaii Athletics) The 2012 AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll was released Monday with the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team ranked No. 8. 

UH entered 2011 ranked No. 10 and closed the season with the No. 5 ranking. Defending national champion UCLA earned the top spot with 54 first-place votes. The ‘Bows will take on the Bruins on Sept. 9 at the Verizon Volleyball Challenge. Stanford was ranked No. 6 and will play UH on Aug. 26 at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational. 

All-American Emily Hartong and all-conference players Jane Croson and Mita Uiato return, along with Kalei Adolpho. The Rainbow Wahine are a resounding favorite to win the Big West in their return to the conference. 

Hawai‘i advanced to the Honolulu Regional last season before falling to Southern California who was ranked No. 5 in the preseason poll and earned one first-place vote.

 

 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) (Total Points) (2011 Record) (2011 Final Poll)
1 UCLA (54) 1485 30-6 1
2 Texas (1) 1341 25-5 4
3 Penn State 1302 25-8 9
4 Nebraska (1) 1281 25-5 12
5 Southern California (1) 1233 29-5 3
6 Stanford (3) 1197 22-8 14
7 Illinois 1163 30-5 2
8 Hawai'i 989 31-2 5
9 Purdue 935 29-5 10
10 Iowa State 886 25-6 8
11 Pepperdine 801 25-7 6
12 Florida State 770 28-7 7
13 Kentucky 724 28-6 13
14 Washington 677 24-8 17
15 Tennessee 652 28-4 19
16 Minnesota 616 20-12 15
17 California 583 26-7 16
18 Florida 543 27-6 11
19 San Diego 476 28-5 T-20
20 Oregon 366 21-10 24
21 Northern Iowa 286 33-2 18
22 Kansas State 246 22-11 22
23 Michigan 210 22-13 T-20
24 Ohio State 163 20-15 23
25 Colorado State 136 24-6 25