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    Three SEC Volleyball Teams Ranked In Final Poll

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Three Southeastern Conference volleyball teams have finished the 2013 season among the nation’s top-25 teams, according to the final American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Coaches Poll.

    SEC Champion Missouri, which completed a perfect regular season and ended the year at 35-1 overall, is ranked 12th in the final poll. Florida, which has ranked among the nation’s top-15 in the final poll for 23 consecutive years, is No. 15. Kentucky, which has made nine consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, is No. 20.

    Fellow SEC team LSU also is receiving votes in the 2013 AVCA final poll.

    Penn State, the 2013 NCAA Champion, garnered each of the 60 first-place votes to finish the season ranked No. 1. National runner-up Wisconsin, which finished the year 28-10, concluded the year at No. 2. Texas (No. 3), Washington (No. 4) and Stanford (No. 5) rounded out the national top-five.

    It was a record-setting year for volleyball in the SEC, as the league placed an all-time best eight teams in the NCAA Tournament field.

    The SEC has had at least two teams in the final AVCA top-25 poll each year since 2008.

    2013 AVCA Final Poll

    1. Penn State [60] (34-2)
    2. Wisconsin (28-10)
    3. Texas (27-3)
    4. Washington (30-3)
    5. Stanford (27-6)
    6. Southern Cal (29-6)
    7. Nebraska (26-7)
    8. Purdue (23-12)
    9. San Diego (26-4)
    10. Minnesota (28-7)
    11. Florida State (26-8)
    12. Missouri (35-1)
    13. BYU (24-7)
    14. Michigan State (23-12)
    15. Florida (28-4)
    16. Illinois (18-15)
    17. Kansas (26-8)
    18. Hawaii (25-5)
    19. American (32-3)
    20. Kentucky (22-9)
    21. Colorado State (28-2)
    22. Duke (28-5)
    23. Marquette (26-6)
    24. Oregon (20-12)
    25. North Carolina (27-5)

    Others Receiving Votes and appearing on two or more ballots:  Cal State Northridge 68; California 64; LSU 17; Oklahoma 15; Colorado 13; Creighton 4; Michigan 3