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Aug. 15, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio – %^$COLUMBUS, Ohio–The Ohio State women’s volleyball team has been ranked 25th in the preseason USA TODAY/American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Top 25 poll. The Buckeyes finished the 1999 season unranked in the poll after 10-consecutive years in the final poll. OSU also was ranked 19th in the Volleyball Magazine preseason poll.%^$

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%^$USA TODAY/AVCA Division I%^$Coaches Top 25%^$Preseason Poll, August 14, 2000%^$

%^$Rank School Total 1999 Final 1999%^$ (First-Place Votes) Points Record Ranking%^$ 1 UCLA (23) 1,399 28-4 7%^$ 2 Penn State (10) 1,317 36-1 1%^$ 3 Stanford (9) 1,309 31-3 2%^$ 4 Long Beach State (13) 1,304 31-4 4%^$ 5 Hawai’i (2) 1,224 29-2 8%^$ 6 Nebraska (1) 1,055 27-6 11%^$ 7 Southern California (1) 1,019 21-9 17%^$ 8 Pepperdine 1,013 26-4 10%^$ 9 Florida 946 33-3 5%^$10 Arizona 906 21-11 14%^$11 Minnesota 892 27-9 16%^$12 Pacific (1) 878 32-3 3%^$13 Colorado State 857 30-3 12%^$14 UC Santa Barbara 749 29-6 6%^$15 Brigham Young 722 28-5 13%^$16 Wisconsin 516 22-10 23%^$17 Kansas State 462 21-9 19%^$18 Texas 433 22-8 18%^$19 Texas A&M 432 28-6 9%^$20 Michigan State 334 21-13 NR%^$21 Baylor 254 26-9 20%^$22 Northern Iowa 208 30-1 15%^$23 Loyola Marymount 165 20-11 NR%^$24 Michigan 164 16-15 NR%^$25 Ohio State 150 17-12 NR%^$

%^$Others receiving 30 or more points: North Carolina (132), Clemson (97), Notre Dame (79), Illinois (61), Utah (59), San Diego (58), Arkansas (58), Colorado (35), Louisville (31).