Coyote volleyball team starts season at No. 3

The Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team is ranked No. 3 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll.

The Coyotes (32-1) were the NCAA Division II runner-up last year, losing to nemesis Concordia-St. Paul in the title tilt.

St. Paul is No. 1, having received all first place votes. Tampa (Fla.), a national semifinalist a year ago, is No. 2.

The Coyotes, who graduated seven players, were one of three CCAA teams named in the top 25 with UC San Diego at No. 17 and Sonoma State at 24.

Metro State, one of the teams the Coyotes will play in the first weekend of the season, is ranked No. 13.

Here is the rundown:

1. Concordia-St. Paul (32-4)   800

2. Tampa (Fla.) (33-2) 760

3. Cal State San Bernardino (32-1) 700

4. Nebraska-Kearney (32-2)  660

5. Central Missouri (29-5) 642

6. SW Minnesota State (25-7) 624

7. Minnesota-Duluth (28-4) 608

   Washburn (Kan.) (32-3) 608

9. West Texas A&M (34-3) 484

10. Hillsdale (Mich.) (32-3) 458

      Indianapolis (24-8) 458

12. Wayne State (Neb.) (23-8) 420

13. Metro State (Col) (24-7) 374

14. Ferris State (28-4) 358

15. Angelo State (Tex.) (31-8) 322

16. Flagler (Fla.) (31-7) 296

17. UC San Diego (26-6)  260

18. Lewis (Col) (25-7) 242

19. Eckerd (Fla.) 27-5) 215

20. BYU-Hawaii (19-4) 191

21. Wingate (N.C.) (32-1) 170

22. Rollins (Fla.) (24-11) 148

23. Minnesota State (20-9) 105

24. Sonoma State (23-7) 89

25. Colorado School of Mines (19-11) 60

    Wheeling Jesuit (WV) (36-4) 60/

Also receiving votes: Fresno Pacific 42; Armstrong State 39; West Florida 33; Missouri ST&T 24; Seattle Pacific 24; Emporia State 20; Western Washington 20; Arkansas-Fort Smith 14; Alaska-Anchorage 11; Grand Valley 11; Truman 10; Florida Southern 7, Arkansas Tech 5.