Morgantown, Virginia – Mountaineers ranked sixth in the Big 12 pre-season volleyball poll for 2021, announced by the Big 12, on Wednesday afternoon. A pre-season poll is decided by league coaches who are not allowed to rank their team.
WVU played five games in the spring and held a 2-3 record. Last fall, West Virginia scored a best 8-8 mark on the conference-only list. The mountaineers were also ranked in the top 15 in an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) survey three times last fall, coming in at number 13—also the best program.
WVU finished the year with 0.165 hits, averaging 12.2 kills per group. Defensively, the mountaineers averaged 14.6 holes per set and 1.9 blocks per set.
For the 14th time in the program’s history and for the 11th consecutive year, the Texas volleyball team has been voted as the favorite to win the Big 12 title for the upcoming 2021 season.
Texas had eight potential first-place votes to finish with 64 points. Baylor was selected second with another first place gesture and 57 points. Kansas, Kansas, and Iowa made the top five. West Virginia was selected in sixth place, followed by Texas Tech, TCU and Oklahoma.
The Longhorns completed last season as an NCAA runner-up while Baylor advanced to the regional semifinals. The 2021 regular season begins on August 27 with the start of multiplayer on September 24.
2021 Big 12 Volleyball Preseason Poll
Team Ranking (first place vote) Points
1. Texas (8) 64
2- Baylor (1) 57
3- Kansas State 48
4. KS 44
5- Iowa 35
6. West Virginia 29
7. Texas Tech 24
8. TCU 14
9. Oklahoma 9