Rainbow Wahine Ranked No. 18 in AVCA Preseason Poll

Olivia Magill // Hawaii Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 2015 AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll was released Wednesday with the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team ranked No. 18. The Rainbow Wahine were also voted as preseason favorites to win the Big West Conference.

Head Coach Dave Shoji begins his 41st season at the University of Hawai ‘i coming off the team’s 33rd NCAA Tournament appearance. The ‘Bows hava a solid core of 12 returnees—including five starters. Leading the UH charge is a trio of All-Big West first teamers in outside hitters Nikki Taylor and Tai Manu-Olevao and 2014 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention member Olivia Magill, who dominated the Big West on both sides of the net with league highs in hitting percentage (.405) and blocks (1.34). Last season, UH finished the season ranked at No. 23 in the AVCA poll.

Hawai’i’s upcoming opponents–Florida and UCLA were ranked No. 4 and 20 in the preseason poll, while Long Beach State, Oregon Staet, Wichita State, and American all received votes. LBSU, who captured the 2014 Big West crown with an undefeated 16-0 mark, was the first school listed in the receiving votes category.

The Rainbow Wahine open their season with the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational, August 28-30, where they are set to entertain Idaho, Oregon State and Wichita State.

AVCA Division I Coaches Preseason Poll: August 12, 2015

Rank School (First place votes) Total Pts 2014 Record 2014 Final Rank
1 Penn State (54) 1538 36-3 1
2 Stanford (6) 1468 33-2 2
3 Texas (1) 1384 27-3 5
4 Florida 1338 28-4 6
T5 Nebraska 1275 23-10 8
T5 Wisconsin (1) 1275 31-3 4
7 North Carolina 1158 29-3 7
8 Illinois 1055 26-8 11
9 Florida State 986 30-3 10
10 Washington 953 31-3 9
11 BYU 919 30-5 3
12 Colorado State 754 31-3 12
13 Oregon 722 23-10 14
14 Ohio State 700 23-12 13
15 Kentucky 603 27-6 17
16 Arizona State 529 20-14 16
17 Arizona 496 24-10 16
18 Hawai’i 401 22-7 23
19 Michigan State 340 19-14 NR
20 UCLA 316 22-12 15
21 Iowa State 273 19-10 NR
22 USC 255 16-16 NR
23 Utah 211 20-13 18
24 Colorado 188 20-14 21
25 Duke 168 22-8 25

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Long Beach State 147; Purdue 131; Oklahoma 103; Oregon State 89; Texas A&M 84; Minnesota 78; Kansas 48; Little Rock 33; Alabama 24; Western Kentucky 20; Creighton 15; Michigan 12; San Diego 10; Wichita State 9; LSU 8; Miami (FL) 7; American 4

11 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 38 combined points.

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