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    Three SEC Teams Ranked In AVCA Preseason Poll

    Three Southeastern Conference volleyball teams are ranked among the nation’s top-25, according to the 2012 Preseason Poll released Monday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

    Kentucky is the highest ranked SEC team, checking in at No. 13, defending SEC Champion Tennessee is ranked No. 15, while Florida is No. 18. Fellow SEC teams LSU, Missouri and Texas A&M also are receiving votes.

    Kentucky finished the 2011 season with a 28-6 overall record and its second appearance in the NCAA Regional Semifinals in the last three years. Tennessee tallied a 28-4 record, including an impressive 19-1 mark in conference play to capture its second overall and first outright SEC Championship in program history. Florida went 27-6 a year ago and reached the NCAA Regional Finals for the first time since 2005.

    Defending NCAA Champion UCLA is top-rated in the preseason poll, while Texas checks in at No. 2 and Penn State is No. 3. Nebraska (No. 4) and Southern Cal (No. 5) round out the national preseason top-five.

    2012 AVCA Preseason Poll

    1. UCLA
    2. Texas
    3. Penn State
    4. Nebraska
    5. Southern Cal
    6. Stanford
    7. Illinois
    8. Hawaii
    9. Purdue
    10. Iowa State
    11. Pepperdine
    12. Florida State
    13. Kentucky
    14. Washington
    15. Tennessee
    16. Minnesota
    17. Cal
    18. Florida
    19. San Diego
    20. Oregon
    21. Northern Iowa
    22. Kansas State
    23. Michigan
    24. Ohio State
    25. Colorado State

    Others Receiving Votes and appearing on two or more ballots:  Long Beach State; North Carolina; Dayton; St. Mary's (Calif.); Michigan State; Louisville; Tulsa; LSU; Western Kentucky; Arizona; Texas A&M; Miami (Fla.); BYU; Missouri; Cincinnati; Oklahoma; Wichita State.