MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team has been picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 Conference preseason poll announced by the league Friday.
Defending champion Texas was selected to win the Big 12 for the fourth season in a row, recording 64 points with eight first-place votes. The Longhorns have claimed the regular-season crown three consecutive years. Kansas was second with 53 points, receiving one first place vote.
The poll was voted upon by the league’s coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own squad.
“There are many developments that have occurred on all Big 12 teams since last season,” said head coach Jill Kramer. “The one thing I’m certain of is that everyone involved in our program will be doing their best to be their best every day, and we’ll see where that takes us."
The seventh-place preseason ranking is the best-ever for the Mountaineers, who were picked to finish ninth the previous two seasons. WVU is predicted to tie with TCU, with both schools earning 18 points in the poll. The two were picked ahead of Texas Tech.
WVU posted its first 20-win season since 1991 in 2013, going 20-13 overall with five conference wins. The Mountaineers recently wrapped up their second full day of preseason activities.
“We’ve completed three sessions of pre-season practice - one with the full team,” said Kramer. “The team has been finishing up summer school this week, so it’s a good opportunity for us to take some one-on-one time with our newcomers and teach them some of the things they need to know as they get started. It’s a lot of newness for them, and we like their transition into our program to be as smooth as possible, so taking the time to break things down is really helpful. They have all been acclimating very well.”