LEXINGTON, Ky.-- The American Volleyball Coaches Association has released its 2013 Preseason Coaches Poll and it has some interest to UND fans. Iowa State appears at No. 15 while Texas A&M also received votes and both will be part of a stacked UND Classic lineup on Aug. 30-31.
Also of note, Minnesota-- a team that North Dakota split with last spring-- checks in at No. 6. The poll is topped by defending national champion Texas, who defeated Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament last season en route to the title.
North Dakota opens the regular season with the 15th-ranked Cyclones in a 7:00 p.m. tilt at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in the first day of the UND Classic. Day two features UND against South Dakota State at 1:00 p.m. and a showdown with the Aggies at 7:00 p.m.
Single-game tickets are on sale. Place your orders by visiting UNDsports.com or calling 701-777-4582.
Friday, Aug. 30
11:00 a.m.- #15 Iowa State vs. South Dakota State
5:00 p.m.- Texas A&M vs. South Dakota State
7:00 p.m.- UND vs. #15 Iowa State
Saturday, Aug. 31
10:00 a.m.- #15 Iowa State vs. Texas A&M
1:00 p.m.- UND vs. South Dakota State
7:00 p.m.- UND vs. Texas A&M
2013 AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Total Points||2012 Record||2012 Final|
|2||Penn State (3)||1425||33-3||3|