Big 12 2021 volleyball preseason poll announced
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Mountaineers place No.6 in the 2021 Big 12 volleyball preseason poll, announced by the Big 12, Wednesday afternoon. The preseason poll is determined by league head coaches who are not allowed to rank their own team.
WVU played five spring games and went for a 2-3 record. Last fall, West Virginia scored 8-8, the best in the program, on its list of lectures only. The climbers were also ranked in the Top 15 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll three times last fall, climbing to No. 13 – also a better program.
WVU finished the year with a success percentage of 0.165, averaging 12.2 eliminations per set. Defensively, the Mountaineers averaged 14.6 digs per set and 1.9 blocks per set.
For the 14th time in the program’s history and the 11th consecutive year, the Texas volleyball team has been voted the favorite to win the Big 12 title for the upcoming 2021 season.
Texas received all eight possible first place votes to finish with 64 points. Baylor was picked second with the other nod and 57 points. Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa State round out the top five. West Virginia was chosen sixth, followed by Texas Tech, TCU and Oklahoma.
The Longhorns finished last season as an NCAA finalist while Baylor advanced to the regional semifinals. The 2021 regular season kicks off August 27 and the conference kicks off September 24.
Big 12 2021 Volleyball Preseason Poll
Classification team (votes for first place) Points
1. Texas (8) 64
2. Baylor (1) 57
3. State of Kansas 48
4. Kansas 44
5. State of Iowa 35
6. West Virginia 29
7. Texas Tech 24
8. TCU 14
9. Oklahoma 9
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