Jays ranked in preseason for the first time

OMAHA, Neb. -- With nine letterwinners and four starters back from last
year's team that went 29-4 and finished the fall ranked No. 24 nationally,
the Creighton Volleyball team will enter the season with a preseason
national ranking next to its name for the first time in 2013.

Creighton was ranked No. 25 in the preseason 2013 poll, and were the only
BIG EAST team to receive recognition. The poll is led by defending national
champion Texas, followed by Penn State, Stanford, USC and Washington.

Creighton's non-conference schedule features five teams that are ranked in
the preseason poll, including No. 11 Hawai'i, No. 12 UCLA, No. 13 BYU, No.
20 Kansas and No. 24 Wichita State. The Jays also host California, which
received enough votes to be 37th in the ranking.

Creighton moved into the national rankings for the first time in program
history last November 5, moving into the No. 25 spot in the poll. The
Bluejays were also ranked 23rd (Nov. 12), 21st (Nov. 19) and No. 24 in the
year-end poll.

Last year's squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after
sweeping Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles.
Top returnees include all-conference selections Melanie Jereb, Leah McNary
and Kelli Browning.

Being ranked in the preseason poll is no guarantee of future success,
however. In the last five seasons, only 93-of-125 teams (74.4 percent) would
be in both the preseason and postseason AVCA Top 25 polls. In that same time
frame, all but 11 teams named in the preseason AVCA Top 25 poll would go on
to reach the NCAA Tournament (91.2 percent).

The Bluejays reported to campus on August 8th, hosts the annual Blue-White
Scrimmage on Aug. 23, and opens the regular-season on Aug. 30 with a match
against No. 13 BYU at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Bowling Green, Ohio.
It will mark the third time Creighton has begun the year against a top-25
foe, joining 1998 (No. 5 Nebraska) and 2008 (No. 16 Minnesota).

Creighton in the AVCA Poll, All-Time
Date Votes Received Rank
12/21/10 3 36th
08/27/12 2 T-38th
09/10/12 7 T-36th
09/17/12 34 32nd
09/24/12 14 33rd
10/08/12 2 T-37th
10/15/12 22 32nd
10/22/12 35 28th
10/29/12 31 27th
11/05/12 80 25th
11/12/12 156 23rd
11/19/12 242 21st
2012 Final 172 24th
08/12/13 133 25th


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