STEPHENVILLE – After flirting with the national polls for the past three seasons, Tarleton cracked the national top 25 ranking for the first time in school history when the TexAnns were named the No. 25 team in the nation in the year's final release.
 
Tarleton has received votes in numerous rankings over the past three seasons, but made program history Monday afternoon when the American Volleyball Coaches Association voted the TexAnns into the rankings.
 
The TexAnns received 63 votes in the final poll, which was 36 total votes behind Tampa at No. 24 and 21 votes ahead of Florida Southern. They are also one of two schools to represent the Lone Star Conference in the rankings, joining Angelo State at No. 11, and one of four schools from the South Central Region, joining Angelo State (11), Metro State (18), and Colorado Mines (20).
 
Tarleton finished the season 27-7 to tie a school record for total wins in a season. The TexAnns also advanced to the NCAA 'Round of 32' in the national playoffs to match their deepest run into the NCAA postseason in school history.
 
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development. With a membership of almost 7,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers.
 
For the complete AVCA Top 25 poll, visit AVCA.org.