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Longhorns Unanimously Selected Atop 2014 Preseason Poll
August 08, 2014
For the fourth consecutive year and seventh time overall, the Texas Longhorns top the Big 12 Conference volleyball preseason poll. UT has been selected as the unanimous favorite after claiming the regular season crown the past three seasons.
The preseason poll was selected by the league’s head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own team.
Texas recorded 64 overall points, while second-place Kansas totaled 53. UT has won seven Big 12 titles and is 61-2 in its last 63 Big 12 matches. The Longhorns closed out 2013 with a 49-match Big 12 win streak and have not lost at home in conference action since 2008.
The Jayhawks earn their highest preseason poll ranking after posting their best conference finish in program history a season ago, checking in at second place. Kansas has posted 20-plus wins for the past two years, marking the first time in the Ray Bechard era that a KU team has achieved back-to-back 20-win seasons, with the last time in school history occurring in 1982 and 1983.
Iowa State placed third with 49 points. The Cyclones have been ranked in the preseason top three since 2009.
For the third time in the past four years, Oklahoma checks in at fourth, while K-State took the fifth-place spot. Baylor, TCU, West Virginia and Texas Tech round out the sixth through ninth place spots, respectively, with TCU and West Virginia tied at No. 7.
The season starts on Friday, Aug. 29, with conference play beginning on Wednesday, September 24.

Rank Team (First-place votes) Points
1. Texas (8) 64
2. Kansas (1) 53
3. Iowa State 49
4. Oklahoma 45
5. K-State 35
6. Baylor 31
7. TCU 18
  West Virginia 18
9. Texas Tech 11
Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
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