Penn State women’s volleyball drops to No. 12 in preseason coaches poll

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FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2014, file photo, Penn State’s Megan Courtney (17) celebrates with teammates Micha Hancock (12) and Haleigh Washington (15) after scoring a point during the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament championship match against BYU in Oklahoma City. Even after losing 2014 national player of the year Inky Ajanaku to a season-ending injury, Stanford is the main threat to a Penn State program that has won six of the last eight national championships. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) β€” The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) ranked their top-25 teams heading into the 2021 season, placing Penn State at No. 12.

Last season, the Nittany Lions opened at the No. 9 spot in the preseason AVCA rankings. But, an early NCAA Tournament elimination and 10-6 final record, forced the team down three spots to No. 12 ahead of the 2021 season.

Of the Big Ten, Penn State is one of six teams included with Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, Purdue and Ohio State all landing spots in the top 12.

The team will open their season away against Georgia tech, Aug. 27.

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