Published: Dec 9, 2010
After advancing to the national championship match, The University of
Tampa volleyball team earned a No. 2 ranking in the final AVCA Division
II Top 25 poll.
UT, follows four-time national champion Concordia
University of St. Paul, who received all 32 first-place votes. Tampa's
national semifinal opponent Central Missouri, Cal State-San Bernardino
and Nebraska-Kearney round out the top-five.
Tampa is joined by
NCAA South Region opponent West Florida in the top-25, with the
Argonauts holding down the No. 19 spot. Sunshine State Conference foes
Lynn and Florida Southern each received votes.
Tampa finished the season with an overall record of 31-4 and won 21 of its final 22 matches.
breezing through the NCAA South Regional with three-set sweeps of
Kentucky State, Lynn and West Florida, UT then swept Grand Valley State
and Central Missouri in the NCAA quarterfinals and semifinals.
lone SSC school in the top-25, the Spartans played 12 matches versus
teams that appear in the final top-25. With a 9-3 record versus ranked
opponents, Tampa defeated Concordia, Central Missouri, Nebraska-Kearney,
Grand Valley State (twice), Lewis and West Florida (three times) in the
The 2006 national champions have now been
represented in 203 consecutive polls, marking the nation's second
longest active streak (Central Missouri). Head coach Chris Catanach's
squad is no stranger to the top of the polls, spending a total of 23
weeks at No. 1. UT previously held the top spot in the 2007 preseason
poll and has been in the top-10 every week since 2004.Click here
for the complete poll
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