Loyola Ranked Tenth in AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll




Dec. 28, 2012

CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago men's volleyball will kick off the 2013 campaign ranked No. 10 in the AVCA Division I-II Men's Coaches Preseason Poll. The Ramblers are set to play six teams ranked in the preseason poll, starting with the season-opener on Jan. 4 against No. 7 Long Beach State.

This is the second consecutive season the Ramblers have debuted at tenth. After finishing the 2012 season 19-12 overall, Loyola returns six starters and welcomes six newcomers with the Ramblers looking to make their first NCAA tournament appearance in program history.

Loyola is one of three teams in the MIVA that made the preseason poll with Lewis ranked fifth and Ohio State ranked 11th. UC Irvine took the top spot, collecting 16 first place votes after winning the 2012 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship.

The Ramblers begin the 2013 season in Santa Barbara Calif., playing in the ASICS Invitational on Jan. 4-5. Loyola takes on Long Beach State in the season-opener on Jan. 4 at 12 p.m. CST.

2013 AVCA Division I-II Men's Coaches Preseason Poll

Rank
Team
Points
2012 Record/Final Rank
1
UC Irvine
240
26-5/1st
2
BYU
222
24-7/4th
3
Stanford
191
22-7/3rd
4
Pepperdine
183
14-15/10th
5
Lewis
162
26-7/6th
6
UCLA
154
22-8/5th
7
Long Beach State
139
15-15/8th
8
Penn State
124
23-6/7th
9
USC
109
24-6/2nd
10
Loyola-Chicago
101
19-12/12th
11
Ohio State
69
21-9/9th
12
Cal State Northridge
59
12-18/11th
13
UC Santa Barbara
47
7-19/NR
14
George Mason
28
13-17/NR
15
California Baptist
23
12-16/NR