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Kentucky volleyball ranked No. 3 in first AVCA Top-25 Poll

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The defending champs will begin the season ranked inside the top five and No. 1 in the SEC.

2020 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

The American Volleyball Coaches’ Association announced its preseason top-25 poll Monday, featuring the defending national champion Kentucky Wildcats at No. 3 overall.

Kentucky joins the No. 6 Florida Gators as one of two SEC teams ranked inside the top 10 and one of six to either be ranked or receive votes.

The Wildcats earned 17 first-place votes, the second most behind the preseason No. 1 Texas Longhorns, who got 32. The Wisconsin Badgers will start the season ranked No. 2 after getting 15 first-place votes and 1522 total points.

The AVCA poll is released every Monday afternoon and consists of head coaches from around the country who vote in the poll.

2021 College Volleyball Coaches Preseason Top-25 Poll

  1. Texas (32)
  2. Wisconsin (15)
  3. Kentucky (17)
  4. Washington
  5. Nebraska
  6. Florida
  7. Minnesota
  8. Purdue
  9. Pittsburgh
  10. Baylor
  11. Ohio State
  12. Penn State
  13. Louisville
  14. Oregon
  15. BYU
  16. Western Kentucky
  17. UCLA
  18. Washington State
  19. Utah
  20. San Diego
  21. Stanford
  22. Pepperdine
  23. Rice
  24. Georgia Tech
  25. Notre Dame

Others receiving votes: Washington State 80; Arizona State 55; Texas A&M 44; Colorado State 35; Southern California 31; Kansas State 26; South Carolina 26; Texas State 24; Cincinnati 17; Oregon 17; Illinois 12; Colorado 6; Georgia 6; Rice 6; Illinois State 5; Arkansas 2; Ohio State 2