August 22, 2002

W&L VOLLEYBALL RECEIVES VOTES IN AVCA PRESEASON POLL

LEXINGTON, Va. -- The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Preseason Top 25 poll was released on Thursday afternoon with Washington and Lee receiving 24 votes to rank 28th overall.

The national ranking is W&L's first since peaking at No. 27 in the AVCA poll last September.

LaVerne College is the Preseason No. 1 followed by Wisconsin-Whitewater, Juniata, Washington (Mo.), Trinity (Texas), Mount St. Joseph, Emory, Wartburg, Cal State Hayward. Central (Iowa) rounds out the preseason Top 10.

The Generals return four starters from last season's squad which finished the season with a school record 30 wins and five losses. W&L won the ODAC Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA South Region semifinals before falling to Emory University, 3-0.

Washington and Lee begins the 2002 season as it hosts the W&L Invitational on Sept. 6-7. The Generals kick off the action by playing Goucher at 4:00 pm.

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