Minnesota's Sarah Wilhite (8) spikes the ball against Texas' Chloe Collins (21), Nicole Dalton (7) and Molly McCage (5) during an NCAA women's volleyball tournament semifinal in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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Texas volleyball opens season ranked No. 2 in the country

Posted August 10th, 2016

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Texas volleyball begins this season the way it ended last season — ranked second.

The Longhorns, who were national runner-ups a year ago, check in at No. 2 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll that was released Wednesday.

The only team ranked higher than Texas is defending national champion Nebraska, which topped the Horns in three games to win the national title in Omaha.

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Texas won’t have to wait long to get a shot at redemption and will face the Cornhuskers during a tournament at Oregon in the opening weekend of the season. That 1-2 matchup will go down Aug. 27, one day after Texas faces host Oregon.

Texas got three first-place votes, falling well shy of Nebraska’s 60. No. 11 Stanford received the only other first-place vote.

Minnesota, which fell to Texas in last year’s national semifinal, is ranked third followed by Wisconsin. Kansas, a surprise national semifinalist, is fifth.

The Big 12’s Iowa State and TCU are unranked but received votes in the poll.

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