Coming off of a 21-6 season and a spot in NCAA Division III postseason play, Pacific Lutheran is ranked No. 25 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Preseason Poll.
The Lutes received a total of 116 votes and are the only Northwest Conference team ranked in the top 25. Puget Sound and Whitworth are listed in "others receiving votes."
The Lutes will be led this year by sophomore setter Samantha North (Gig Harbor, Wash. / Gig Harbor HS), the reigning AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year, and junior middle blocker Bethany Huston (Kennewick, Wash. / Kamiakin HS), who led all of Division III in blocks per set during the 2011 season.
PLU starts its season with an appearance in the Puget Sound Premier Tournament on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the University of Puget Sound.
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