The Cal Poly volleyball team picked up a No. 14 ranking in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Coaches Preseason poll Tuesday.
The Mustangs finished last season with a No. 17 ranking following a loss to California in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The team started practice for the season on July 8 and will open its season against Kansas State at the Shocker Volleyball Classic in Wichita on Aug. 24.
Mustangs, Gauchos take No. 2 spot in poll
The Cal Poly women’s soccer team was picked in a tie at No. 2 with rival UC Santa Barbara in a Big West Conference preseason coaches poll.
Long Beach State topped the poll with 77 votes.
Cal Poly and Santa Barbara received 71 votes.
The women’s soccer team will compete in a scrimmage on Saturday and it will kick off the regular season at home against Dayton on Aug. 31.
Former Mustangs see NFL preseason action
Former Cal Poly linebacker Kyle Shotwell, a free-agent signee of the Oakland Raiders, picked up a tackle in Oakland’s 27-23 win over Arizona on Saturday.
Former Mustang cornerback Courtney Brown, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the NFL draft, made two tackles in the Cowboys’ first preseason game against Indianapolis on Aug. 9.
The Cowboys won the game 23-10.
Linebacker Chris Gocong started in the Philadelphia Eagles’ first preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens Monday. The Eagles lost the game 29-3 but Gocong made one tackle.
Fellow linebacker Jordan Beck, who was drafted by Atlanta in the 2005 draft, picked up two tackles in the team’s 31-16 loss last Friday to the Jets. Beck holds the all-time career tackles record at Cal Poly (449).
Men’s soccer voted 5th in preseason poll
The Cal Poly men’s soccer team was ranked No. 5 in the Big West coaches preseason poll, which was released Aug. 8.
Defending national champions UC Santa Barbara topped the list in the poll.