Recently, Pitt’s volleyball team was the top preseason pick of ACC coaches to win the conference. And, as expected, the Panthers will begin the season ranked in the national Top 25.
The Panthers were slotted at No. 20 in the AVCA Division I Preseason Coaches Poll. They are the only ACC team ranked.
The ranking is the Panthers’ first time in the Top 25 in more than 25 years. Despite some good seasons recently, they haven’t been ranked since 1992 as they started the season at No. 25. Pitt has gotten votes but hasn’t been ranked until now. If Pitt gets off to a good start, they will have a chance at becoming the highest ranked team in school history. Currently, that honor is held by the 1990 team when the Panthers got up to No. 17.
That’s kind of a similar story compared to last season. You might recall that the ACC struggled to get many teams in the polls and the conference fought for recognition all year long. Based on the preseason poll, it looks like it could be a similar situation this year. Three ACC teams are receiving votes, though (Florida State, Miami, and Louisville) so it could only be a matter of time before a few more teams sneak into the polls.