NORMAN, Oklahoma – The University of Oklahoma volleyball team is the preseason No. 2 team in the newly releases Big 12 preseason poll.
The Sooners tied with Iowa State with 53 points in the poll for a second place tie.
In addition, seniors Brianne Barker (Amarillo, Texas) and Suzy Boulavsky (Houston, Texas) and sophomore Sallie McLaurin (Midwest City, Okla.) were all named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team.
OU returns 10 letterwinners from last year's team who finished third in the Big 12 with an 23-11 record.
The University of Texas was the preseason No. 1 team with a total of seven first place votes and 63 points.
Texas A&M and Missouri placed fourth and fifth, respectively, while Baylor came in sixth. Kansas, Kansas State and Texas Tech rounded out the final three spots.
The Sooners open the season Aug. 26-27 hosting the Nike Invitational.
2011 BIG 12 VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON POLL
Rank Team (First-place votes) Points
1. Texas (7) 63
2. Iowa State (2) 53
4. Texas A&M 43
5. Missouri 32
6. Baylor 30
7. Kansas 22
8. Kansas State 20
9. Texas Tech 8