2017 AVCA Coaches Preseason Poll
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The USD Volleyball team debuted at No. 22 in the AVCA Coaches preseason Top 25 Poll. The Toreros went 24-6 in 2016 and were ranked as high as No. 5.
Six opponents from the Toreros’ 2017 schedule also appeared in the preseason poll, including No. 1 Texas, the 2016 national runner up, who USD will host September 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Other 2017 opponents in the rankings include: No. 10 BYU, No. 13 UCLA, No. 19 Missouri, No. 20 Hawaii and No. 23 Utah.
The Toreros lost three starters from last year’s team, including WCC Player of the Year and All-American Lisa Kramer, but return Kristen Gengenbacher and Lauren Fuller, who both were selected to the U.S. National Collegiate Team over the summer. In all, USD returns 13 letterwinners from the 2016 team, who finished the season with a No. 22 ranking.
The Toreros open the season in Hawaii for the Texaco Rainbow Wahine Invitational (August 25-27) where they will play two ranked teams in No. 13 UCLA and No. 20 Hawaii along with Marquette.
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