Volleyball Ranking
by Conference Preseason 2017

National Preseason Polls by Division I Conference

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Traditionally the most important national volleyball ranking is produced by the AVCA, better known as the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll which comes out every year in early August.


The top 25 teams, in all 33 NCAA regions are ranked and named in a poll

which reflects the strongest teams most likely to win the

NCAA volleyball tournament championship title each season.


The very first poll of the season the AVCA produces is of the Preseason

volleyball ranking and comes out the first week of August, this season it

came out August 9th. 


Some of the criteria which determines where teams are ranked include

how difficult a team's volleyball schedule is, meaning which teams play

against tough opponents and how likely are they to win.


So the preseason non conference tournaments they play in are a

determining factor.


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Also considered:

  • How great a recruiting class did a team have? 
  • Which of the highly ranked recruits went to which schools? 
  • How many returners does a team have? And in which positions?
  • What players are healthy and ready to play on each team vs which are injured or red shirting for the season?


Teams Volleyball Ranking by Conference


Each Division I conference produces their own preseason volleyball

ranking voted on by each of the coaches  in their conference. 


Coaches are not allowed to vote on their own teams, and each vote

counts as a certain amount of points. 


The votes are tallied and the teams that coaches and sports information

directors consider that season's strongest are ranked according to

those with the most points.

A Volleyball Ranking: Everybody Has One


It seems that everyone has gotten into the volleyball ranking business:


For collegiate and high school preseason, playoff polls: 

NCAA partners with the AVCA

HERO Sports Collegiate volleyball ranking

Prep Volleyball volleyball ranking



For high school rankings there are...

ESPN HS - Preseason Super 25 High School volleyball ranking

MaxPreps - High School ranking

Flo Volleyball volleyball ranking


With the increasing number of national volleyball rankings in a short

amount of time my question is, which one will really mean something in

a couple of years?



American Athletic



  • Wichita State
  • Cincinnati
  • Temple
  • SMU
  • UCF
  • USF
  • U Conn
  • Tulane
  • Tulsa
  • Memphis
  • East Carolina
  • Houston



America East



New Hampshire

Albany

Binghamton

UMBC

Stony Brook

Hartford

U Mass Lowell



UNH, despite the loss of two-time America East Player of the

Year Demi Muses and two-time Setter of the Year Keelin Severtson,

received five of a possible six first-place votes and 34 points to edge

second place University at Albany (31 points; two first-place votes).


The America East team to watch: New Hampshire

Read more about the America East volleyball schedules.



Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Volleyball Ranking 



North Carolina Tarheels

Florida State Seminoles


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  • Pitt
  • Notre Dame
  • NC State
  • Miami
  • Duke
  • Louisville
  • Georgia Tech
  • Syracuse
  • Wake Forest
  • Virginia Tech
  • Virginia
  • Boston College
  • Clemson

North Carolina has been chosen as the Atlantic Coast Conference

volleyball preseason favorite in a vote by the league's 15 head coaches.

Coaches were not allowed to include their own team in their predicted

order of finish.


One point separated Florida State (169 points) and Pitt (168), which

placed second and third, respectively.


Notre Dame (149) placed fourth ahead of NC State (140), Miami (136),

Duke (118), Louisville (104), Georgia Tech (99) and Syracuse (75). Wake

Forest (69) was picked 11th followed by Virginia Tech (54), Virginia (50),

Boston College (28) and Clemson (20).


The ACC team to watch: North Carolina

Read more about the ACC volleyball schedules.



Atlantic 10 Preseason Volleyball Ranking



  • Dayton (9) - 99
  • VCU (1) - 84



Saint Louis - 77

Rhode Island - 69



Duquesne - 67

George Washington - 45

Davidson - 38

Fordham - 36

La Salle - 19

George Mason - 16


The Atlantic 10 to watch: Dayton 

Read more about the volleyball schedules of teams in the A-10.



Atlantic Sun Preseason Volleyball Ranking



The Atlantic Sun team to watch: 

Read more about the schedules for the teams in the Atlantic Sun.



Big 12 Preseason Volleyball Ranking



For the 10th straight year, national runner-up Texas was predicted by Big

12 coaches to finish first in the conference. The Longhorns have gone on to

win seven of those titles.


1. Texas (6) 62

2. Kansas (3) 59

3. Baylor 47

4. Iowa State 46

5. Kansas State 35

6. West Virginia 24

7. TCU 23

8. Oklahoma 15

9. Texas Tech 13


Five Big 12 teams ranked or received votes in the AVCA preseason poll,

including No. 1 Texas and No. 8 Kansas.


The Big 12 teams to watch: Texas Longhorns and Kansas

Read more about the volleyball schedules of teams in the Big 12.



Big East Preseason Volleyball Ranking



  • 1. Creighton (9) 81 pts.
  • 2. Butler 66
  • 3. Marquette (1) 62
  • 4. Xavier 51
  • 5. Villanova 46
  • 6. St. John’s 43
  • 7. DePaul 36
  • 8. Seton Hall 35
  • 9. Georgetown 21
  • 10. Providence 9



Creighton’s unanimous preseason selection with 81 points was followed by

Butler with 66 points, then Marquette with 62 points and the final first

place vote and Xavier (51 points).
 

Villanova was picked fifth (46 points) with St. John’s close behind at sixth

(43 points). DePaul was voted to finish seventh with 36 points, followed by

Seton Hall (35 points), Georgetown (21 points) and Providence (9 points),

rounding out the bottom three.


The Big East team to watch: Creighton


Read more about the Big East volleyball preseason tournament

schedules.



Big Sky Preseason Volleyball Ranking


 

1 North Dakota 120 (10)

2 Northern Colorado 10

3 (2)3 Sacramento State 99

4 Northern Arizona 96

5 Portland State 82

6 Idaho State 71

7 Idaho 63

8 Weber State 49

9 Eastern Washington 44

10 Montana State 24

11 Montana 21

12 Southern Utah 20


The Big Sky team to watch: North Dakota

Check out the Big Sky volleyball team schedules.



Big South Preseason Volleyball Ranking



1 - High Point (6) 77 

2 - Radford (2) 73 

3 - Liberty 62 

4 - Campbell 46 

5 - Charleston Southern (1) 44 

6 - Winthrop 38 

7 - UNC Asheville 28 

8 - Gardner-Webb 25 

9 - Presbyterian College 12


Big South team to watch: High Point


Read more about Big Sky schedules.



Big Ten Volleyball Ranking



  • 1. Penn State
  • 2. Nebraska
  • 3. Minnesota
  • 4. Michigan State
  • 5. Wisconsin
  • 6. Purdue
  • 7. Michigan
  • 8. Ohio State
  • 9. Illinois
  • 10. Iowa
  • 11. Maryland
  • 12. Northwestern
  • 13. Indiana
  • 14. Rutgers


The Big Ten volleyball team to watch:

Penn State Nittany Lions and Minnesota Gophers 


Read more about Big Ten volleyball schedules.



Big West Preseason Volleyball Ranking



1. Hawai’i (6)  78

2. Cal Poly (2) 71
3. Long Beach State (1)  65
4. UC Santa Barbara   49
5. UC Irvine  41
6. UC Davis  39
7. CSUN 33
8. UC Riverside  19
9. Cal State Fullerton 10


The Big West Conference team to watch: Rainbow Wahine 

Read more about Big West volleyball schedules.



Conference USA Volleyball Ranking



1. WKU (11)
2. Rice (1)
3. UTSA
4. Southern Miss
5. Marshall
6. North Texas
7. Florida Atlantic
8. UTEP
9. Middle Tennessee
10. FIU (1)
11. UAB
12. Louisiana Tech
13. Charlotte


The Conference USA team to watch: Western Kentucky

Read more about the Conference USA volleyball schedules.



Colonial Athletic Association



  • 1. College of Charleston (6) 60
  • 2. Hofstra (3) 54
  • 3. James Madison
  •  4. Towson 42
  • 5. Northeastern 35
  • 6. Delaware 28
  • 7. UNCW 27
  • 8. Elon 15
  • 9. William & Mary 11 


  • The CAA team to watch: College of Charleston

    Read more about the CAA volleyball schedules.



    Horizon League Preseason Volleyball Ranking



    • 1. Cleveland State (4) 81
    • 2. Green Bay (3) 79
    • 3. Oakland (1) 63
    • 4. Milwaukee 60
    • 5. Northern Kentucky 52
    • 6. IUPUI 41
    • 7. UIC (1) 31
    • 8. Wright State 30
    • 9. Youngstown State 12



    The Horizon League team to watch: Cleveland State

    Read more about the Horizon League volleyball schedules.



    Ivy League



    Brown

    Columbia

    Cornell

    Dartmouth

    Harvard

    Penn

    Princeton

    Yale



    Metro Atlantic Athletic Volleyball Ranking



    • 1. Fairfield (8) 98
    • 2. Quinnipiac (1) 84
    • 3. Marist 73
    • 4. Niagara 69
    • 5. Rider 61
    • 6. Siena (1) 57
    • 7. Canisius 36
    • 8. Manhattan 35
    • 9. Iona 27
    • 10.  Saint Peter’s 10


    The MAAC team to watch: Fairfield

    Read more about the MAAC volleyball schedules.



    Mid-American Preseason Volleyball Ranking



    EAST Division


    1. Miami (11) - 71
    2. Ohio (1) - 58
    3. Kent State - 49
    4. Buffalo - 31
    5. Bowling Green - 29
    6. Akron - 14
     


    WEST Division


    1. Ball State (4) - 61
    2. Northern Illinois (3) - 57
    3. Western Michigan (3) - 50
    4. Toledo (2) - 46
    5. Central Michigan - 26
    6. Eastern Michigan - 12       
     
    Regular Season Champions: 

    Miami (10), Ball State (1), Western Michigan (1)



    The Mid American Conference team to watch: 


    Read more about MAC volleyball schedules.



    Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Volleyball Ranking



    1. Howard (22) 172

    2. Maryland Eastern Shore (3) 152

    3. Morgan State 105

    4. Hampton 101

    5. Norfolk State 87

    6. Coppin State 43

    7. Delaware State 40


    Southern Division

    1. Florida A&M (20) 145

    2. Bethune-Cookman (5) 126

    3. North Carolina A&T State 98

    4. North Carolina Central 76

    5. Savannah State 44

    6. South Carolina State



    Missouri Valley Conference Volleyball Ranking



    Missouri State

    UNI

    Illinois State

    Loyola 

    SIU

    Drake

    Valparaiso

    Bradley

    Indiana State

    Evansville


    The MVC team to watch: Missouri State

    Read more about the MVC volleyball schedules.


    Mountain West Volleyball Ranking



    1. Colorado State (8) 98

    2. Boise State (3) 93

    3. San Diego State 79

    4. Wyoming 67

    5. Nevada 57

    6. Utah State 51

    7. UNLV 42

    8. San José State 38

    9. New Mexico 37

    10. Fresno State 29

    11. Air Force 14


    The Mountain West volleyball team to watch: 

    Read more about the Mountain West volleyball schedules.



    Northeast Conference Volleyball Ranking



    1. LIU Brooklyn

                                                       2. Sacred Heart (2)


                                                      3. Central Connecticut (2)


                                                      4. Bryant
             

                                                     5. Robert Morris
       

                                                    6. Saint Francis U
           

                                                    7. St. Francis Brooklyn


                                                   8. Fairleigh Dickinson


    The Northeast Conference volleyball team to watch: LIU Brooklyn

    Read more about the NEC volleyball schedules.



    Ohio Valley Conference Volleyball Ranking


     

    1. Belmont (10 first-place votes) - 223
    2. Austin Peay (Six first-place votes) - 214
    3. SIUE (Two first place votes) - 199
    4. Murray State (Six first-place votes) - 188
    5. Eastern Kentucky - 165
    6. Jacksonville State - 134
    7. Morehead State - 117
    8. Tennessee State - 97
    9. Southeast Missouri - 70
    10. Tennessee Tech - 63
    11. Eastern Illinois - 60
    12. UT Martin - 54
      
    (11 points awarded for a first-place vote, 10 for second, etc.)


    Pac-12 Conference Volleyball Ranking



    • Washington
    • Stanford
    • Oregon
    • Utah
    • UCLA
    • USC
    • Washington State
    • Arizona
    • Colorado
    • Oregon State
    • California
    • Arizona State


    The Pac 12 team to watch:

    Read more about the Pac 12 volleyball schedule.


    The Cardinal received 35 first-place votes in the poll, 10 more than first-

    place Texas, and Washington received two.


    The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Regional Final last season and welcomes

    back Reily Buechler, an AVCA Pacific South All-Region pick after ranking

    eighth in the Pac-12 in kills per set (3.34).



    Patriot League Volleyball Ranking



    American, 128 points (16 first-place votes)
    Army West Point, 112 points (1)
    Colgate 98 points (1)
    Navy, 87 points
    Lehigh, 75 points
    Bucknell, 57 points
    Loyola Maryland, 35 points
    Holy Cross, 33 points
    Lafayette, 23 points


    The Patriot League volleyball team to watch:  American University.

    Read more about the Patriot League volleyball schedule.



    Southeast Conference Volleyball Ranking



    1. Florida (7) 139
    2. Kentucky (6) 138
    3. Missouri 121
    4. Texas A&M 110
    5. Auburn 96
    6. Tennessee 79
    7. South Carolina 73
    8. Arkansas 70
    9. LSU 56
    10. Alabama 48
    11. Georgia 42
    12. Ole Miss 28
    13. Mississippi State 14


    The SEC volleyball teams to watch: Florida Gators, Kentucky and

    Texas A&M.


    Everyone is looking at the Gators. The preseason favorite picked in the

    preseason coaches poll to win the SEC conference title this season. 

    Out of the 13 head coaches to vote, seven first place votes were for

    Florida to finish first. 


    While Kentucky and Texas A&M were tied for third at the end of the SEC

    conference last season, Kentucky and Texas A&m received six first place 

    votes each in the preseason coaches poll putting them in second place

    in the preseason poll. 


    Missouri, defending co-champions finished third with Aggies in fourth

    place.


    Auburn picked to finish fifth, Tennessee sixth, followed by South Carolina

    (7th), Arkansas Razorbacks (8th) and LSU (9th).


    In tenth place Alabama with 48 points, Georgia (11th), Ole Miss (12th)

    and Mississippi State in 13th. 


    Read more about the SEC volleyball schedules.



    Southern Conference Volleyball Ranking 



    University of Tennessee in Chattanooga

    Samford

    UNC Greensboro

    The Citadel

    Furman

    Mercer

    VMI

    ETSU

    Western Carolina

    Wofford



    Southland Conference Volleyball Ranking



    1. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (23) 286

    2. Stephen F. Austin 246

    3. Sam Houston State (3) 230

    4. Houston Baptist 219

    5. Central Arkansas 206

    6. Abilene Christian 197

    7. Northwestern State 154

    8. UIW 124

    9. McNeese 118

    10. Lamar 88

    11. Southeastern Louisiana 75

    12. Nicholls 50

    13. New Orleans 35


    The Southland Conference volleyball team to watch:  

    Read more about the Southland Conference volleyball schedule.



    Southwestern Athletic Conference Volleyball Ranking



    1. Alabama State (194)
    2. Texas Southern (176)
    3. Southern (131)
    4. Alabama A&M (118)
    5. Jackson State (116)
    6. Prairie View A&M (115)
    7. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (93)
    8. Grambling State (69)
    9. Alcorn State (47)
    10. Miss. Valley St (41)


    The SWAC volleyball team to watch:  Alabama State

    Read more about the SWAC volleyball schedule.



    Summit League Volleyball Ranking



    Rank       School                           Points (1st)        2016 Record (League Play)

    1.            Denver                          47 (5)                23-9 (13-3)

    2.            South Dakota                 45 (3)                25-7 (13-3)

    3.            Oral Roberts                  35                      17-15 (8-8)

    4.            Fort Wayne                   33                      13-18 (9-7)

    T5.          Omaha                           22                      8-22 (5-11)

    T5.          North Dakota State        22                      14-18 (11-5)

    7.            South Dakota State        12                      5-23 (4-12)

    8.            Western Illinois              8                        4-28 (1-15)



    The Summit League volleyball team to watch: Denver

    Read more about the Summit League volleyball schedule.



    Sun Belt Conference



    East Division

    1. Coastal Carolina (12) - 72 pts
    2. South Alabama - 51 pts
    3. Georgia Southern - 43 pts
    4. Georgia State - 37 pts
    5. Appalachian State - 30 pts
    6. Troy - 19 pts


    West Division

    1. Arkansas State (11) - 71 pts
    2. Texas State (1) - 57 pts
    3. UTA - 50 pts
    4. Little Rock - 34 pts
    5. Louisiana - 28 pts
    6. ULM - 12 pts



    West Coast Conference



    1. BYU (9) 81

    2. San Diego (1) 72

    3. Portland 58

    4. Pacific 50

    5. Santa Clara 48

    6. Pepperdine 47

    7. Saint Mary’s 35

    8. Loyola Marymount 28

    9. Gonzaga 21

    10. San Francisco 9



    The West Coast Conference team to watch:

    Read more about the WCC volleyball schedules.



    Western Athletic



    1. NM State (6) 48

    2. UT Rio Grande Valley 39

    3. Utah Valley (2) 37

    4. Kansas City 31

    T-5.CSU Bakersfield 24

    6. Seattle U 24

    7. Grand Canyon 14

    8. Chicago State 7


    The Western Athletic volleyball team to watch: NM State

    Read more about the WAC volleyball schedules.



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    Americaeast

    Atlantic 10

    Atlantic Sun

    Big 10

    Big 12

    Big East 

    Big Sky

    Big South

    Big West

    Conference USA

    Pac 12

    SEC

    West Coast Conference 


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