Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association released the 2015 Preseason Poll and the New Mexico State volleyball team looks to take on another challenging schedule.
The Aggies will face three teams in the top 25 and another three teams that are receiving votes. Texas, who enters the season No. 3 on the national poll, got a vote as the No. 1 team, but Penn State sits on top of the poll with 54 first place votes.
“Playing a preseason schedule like the one we have will only help to prepare us for the conference play,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “I think Oklahoma and Texas A&M are underrated in this first poll and will be in the top 25 within the first few weeks of the season.”
The first big challenge will be against No. 16 Arizona State during the Air Force Tournament on Aug. 29 and then take on two teams receiving votes during the weekend of Sept. 4-6 in College Station, Texas. NM State faces Wichita State on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. (MT) and Texas A&M on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 12 p.m. (MT).
NM State hosts Oklahoma, who just missed the top 25, on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center. The weekend before WAC play starts could be the most challenging for the Aggies as they take on No. 17 Arizona on Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. (MT) and No. 3 Texas on Sept. 19, also at 11 a.m. (MT), with both matches being played in the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz.
The Aggies have faced top 25 teams a total of 154 times throughout the history of the program and including twice last season. NM State is looking to continue to make a push into the top 25 itself just as it has done in the past.
“This is a team that definitely has the potential and talent to make it into the top 25, but either way I know we’re going to be a lot of fun to watch” Jordan said. “It we execute, stay healthy and continuously improve, we will be very competitive with everyone on our schedule.”
The season opens with the Crimson and White Scrimmage, Saturday, Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center. Admission to that is free. The first regular season home match for the Aggies is against Oklahoma and season tickets can be purchased by calling the Pan American Ticket office at 575-646-1420.
AVCA Top 25 Preseason Poll
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Total Points||2014
|2014 Final Rank|
|1||Penn State (54)||1538||36-3||1|
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Long Beach State 147; Purdue 131; Oklahoma 103; Oregon State 89; Texas A&M 84; Minnesota 78; Kansas 48; Arkansas-Little Rock 33; Alabama 24; Western Kentucky 20; Creighton 15; Michigan 12; San Diego 10; Wichita State 9; LSU 8; Miami (FL) 7; American 4
11 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 38 combined points.
Next Poll: August 31
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