WVU Picked Last In Big 12 Preseason Volleyball Poll

WVU Picked Last In Big 12 Preseason Volleyball Poll


Big 12 coaches aren’t yet convinced that West Virginia’s volleyball program can sustain success. The Mountaineers were picked last in the conference’s preseason poll.

WVU finished 21-13 last season under third-year coach Reed Sunahara and advanced to the semifinal round of the National Invitational Volleyball Tournament before falling at Ole Miss. It was the most victories the Mountaineers had recorded since 1991.

Reed Sunahara

But four seniors have graduated from last year’s squad, and now heading into the 2018 season, which begins Aug. 24, the league’s coaches want further proof of Sunahara’s rebuilding.

Texas is at the top of the 2018 Big 12 volleyball preseason poll, as voted on by league coaches. This marks the 11th occasion the Longhorns have been picked as the preseason No. 1 Big 12 team.

UT finished the 2017 season with a perfect 16-0 record in Big 12 play and a 27-3 overall record on its way to earning its sixth conference crown in the last seven years. Texas was one of four Big 12 teams to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament last year, along with Baylor, Iowa State and Kansas. UT advanced the furthest, making it to the Elite Eight round before losing to Stanford.

The Texas duo of Micaya White and Logan Eggleston swept the preseason player and freshman of the year accolades, respectively. No Mountaineer was named to the 16-member preseason team

Conference play begins on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

2018 BIG 12 VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON POLL

Rank      Team (First-place Votes)          Points

1.         Texas (7)                                       63

2.         Baylor (2)                                      58

3.         Iowa State                                      49

4.         Kansas                                           42

5.         Kansas State                                 32

6.         TCU                                                26

7.         Texas Tech                                    23

8.         Oklahoma                                        21

9.         West Virginia                                 10

 

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