Two-time defending Big West Conference champion, Hawai’i is set to start its 2017 campaign ranked No. 20 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Preseason Poll, which was announced today.
The Rainbow Wahine, the lone Big West representative, concluded 2016 with a 23-6 record and No. 17 final ranking in Dave Shoji’s 42nd and final season. The Rainbow Wahine begin the 2017 season with a fresh face at the helm of the program as former University of Hawai‘i All-American and assistant coach (2011-15) Robyn Ah Mow-Santos took over the reins in 2017.
Texas is the preseason No. 1 edging out defending national champion Stanford, who received more first place votes than the Longhorns (35-25). Stanford sits second and is followed by Washington, Minnesota and Nebraska to round out the top 5.
UH has been ranked in the every preseason coaches poll since 1982. This year’s ranking marks the lowest since 1993 (#22) and only the second time the team has been selected No. 20 or lower in program history.
Just a day ago Hawai'i was selected as the preseason favorite in the 2017 Big West Conference coaches poll, while Cal Poly finished second and followed by Long Beach State in third place.