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Utah Utes volleyball team ranked No. 17

The University of Utah volleyball team is ranked 17th in the 2009 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Preseason Poll, the organization announced Tuesday.

"It's great to receive national recognition like this," Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. "We have a lot of work in front of us, but we're looking forward to the challenge of facing such a difficult schedule this year."

The only other Mountain West Conference school in the poll, Colorado State, was ranked 24th. The Utes will face the Rams twice in the regular season: Saturday, Oct. 17 at Fort Collins, Colo., and Thursday, Nov. 12, at Salt Lake City in a match which will be televised live on The mtn.

— Staff and wire services