Nebraska ranked No. 2 to start college volleyball season
Nebraska will begin the season again as one of the highest-ranked teams in college volleyball.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association released its preseason poll on Wednesday afternoon, with Nebraska being ranked No. 2.
Stanford, which reached the national semifinals last year, is ranked No. 1. Texas is third, followed by Minnesota and Kentucky.
Stanford earned 43 first-place votes, while Nebraska got 20. Stanford returns four All-Americans, while Nebraska returns one with outside hitter Mikaela Foecke. The Huskers have four returning starters, but also eight new players, including a new setter.
Nebraska was No. 1 in the final poll last year after having a 32-4 record and winning the national championship.
In the first match of the season the Huskers will play No. 7 Florida in a rematch of the national championship from last season. That match is part of the VERT Challenge hosted by Nebraska. Nebraska will also play No. 18 Oregon in that tournament. Texas is the other team.
There are seven Big Ten Conference teams ranked: Nebraska, Minnesota, No. 6 Penn State, No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 12 Illinois, No. 22 Michigan State and No. 23 Purdue.
Creighton, which the Huskers will play again this season, is No. 13.