MADISON -

The Wisconsin Badgers are ranked sixth in the nation in the American Volleyball Coaches Association pre-season poll released Monday.

The Badgers made it to the NCAA Championship match last fall before losing to Penn State in four sets in Seattle.

The Nittany Lions are the pre-season favorites to win the title again. Penn State received 32 of the 60 first place votes.

Texas is ranked second and received 11 first place votes.

Wisconsin had eight first place votes.

AVCA Division 1 Coaches Preseason Poll

1. Penn State  (32)

2. Texas (11)

3. Stanford  (7)

4. Washington

5. USC (2)

6. Wisconsin  (8)

7. Nebraska

8. Purdue

9. BYU

10. Florida

11. Illinois

12. Minnesota

13. Florida State

14. San Diego

15. Missouri

16. Michigan State

17. Hawai'i

18. Colorado State

19. Kentucky