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Monday August 6, 2012Florida Volleyball Predicted to Finish Third in Southeastern Conference Preseason Vote

Birmingham, Ala.

The Southeastern Conference’s 13 coaches have selected the Florida Gators to finish third in a preseason vote announced Monday, receiving a first-place vote after finishing 27-6 overall and 17-3 in the SEC last season. Coming off a 19-1 SEC season and 28-4 overall mark, the Tennessee Lady Volunteers were selected to win the 2012 SEC volleyball title, receiving 12 of 13 first-place votes for this year’s prediction.

 

Tennessee received 12 points to win the Eastern Division, followed by Kentucky with 30 points and Florida with 35. Missouri was picked fourth with 37 points while Georgia (56 points) and South Carolina (67 points) were picked to finish fifth and sixth in the division, respectively.

 

For the fifth consecutive season, the LSU Tigers are predicted to win the Western Division with 20 points and seven first-place votes. The Tigers posted a 12-8 league mark and a 19-11 overall record last season and have won seven straight division titles.  The Texas A&M Aggies were selected to finish second with 22 points, and the Arkansas Razorbacks were picked third with 27 points. Ole Miss was selected fourth with 52 points while Auburn was picked fifth with 58 points. The Alabama Crimson Tide (65 points) are picked to finish sixth while the Mississippi State Bulldogs, predicted seventh with 71 points, round out the Western Division votes.

 

Points were compiled on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 basis for the Western Division and 1-2-3-4-5-6 for the Eastern Division. Each coach is not allowed to vote for his or her own team and each coach also voted for one team as an overall conference champion.

 

The 2012 Preseason All-SEC team will be announced on Tuesday, August 7 while the 2012 season kicks off on Friday, Aug. 24. SEC play begins on Sept. 12.

 

The Gators start the 2012 season on Friday, August 24 as they play host to the 2012 Campus USA Credit Union Invitational.

 

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Preseason Coaches Poll

(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)

 

SEC Champion: Tennessee (12), Florida (1)   

 

Eastern Division

Team

Points

Tennessee (12)

12

Kentucky

30

Florida (1)

35

Missouri

37

Georgia

56

South Carolina

67   

 

Western Division

Team

 Points

LSU

20

Texas A&M

22

Arkansas

27

Ole Miss

52

Auburn

58

Alabama

65

Mississippi State

71

 

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