The Colorado volleyball team is getting slightly less respect from coaches around the Pac-12 Conference than the Buffaloes did from the coaching brethren across the nation.
On Wednesday, the league announced its preseason coaches poll, with the Buffs coming in at No. 5, finishing just one point behind No. 4 UCLA. Stanford collected 11 of 12 first-place votes to take the top spot, followed by USC and Oregon. It is the highest ranking the Buffs have received in the league's preseason coaches poll since CU joined the Pac-12 in 2011.
While CU was ranked No. 15 in the AVCA national preseason poll, the Buffs were the fourth Pac-12 team listed among the NCAA's top 25. That list includes No. 1 Stanford, No. 10 USC, and No. 11 UCLA, with Washington (17), Oregon (18), and Utah (19) also set to begin the season among the nation's top 25.
Additionally, CU seniors Naghede Abu and Alexa Smith were named to the league's preseason All-Pac-12 team. Smith, an outside hitter, averaged a team-leading 3.97 kills per set last year while Abu begins the season on track to take over the Buffs' all-time lead in career blocks.
Admission is free on Saturday at the CU Events Center as the Buffs host their annual Black & Gold scrimmage at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p.m.). CU begins the season on Aug. 24 with matches against Oral Roberts and North Florida at the Rumble in the Rockies hosted by the University of Wyoming.
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