Elite 50: Ranking the Nation’s Top College Volleyball Programs

November 30, 2011 | Featured in the Holiday 2011 Issue

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In STACK’s volleyball rankings, we take you beyond wins and losses to reveal what truly makes a college volleyball program great. To come up with our list of the top 10 volleyball programs, we consider a variety of factors—not just a school's record, but also academic rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Academic Progress Rates. The result is a list of schools we’d recommend to any volleyball player seeking an elite athletic program and a strong education. Learn more about how we arrived at our rankings through the Elite 50 guide, and browse through STACK’s rankings for 20 other sports at the bottom of this page.

STACK's Top 10 Volleyball Schools

College Score ’12 U.S. News Rank APR [Out of 1,000] National Ranking ’10/’09/’08 Games Above .500 [Past 3 Seasons] STACK Factor
1. Penn State 100 45 979 1/1/1 103 48
2. Texas 88.99 45 989 4/2/4 73 144
3. Stanford 88.49 5 989 5/7/2 65 192
4. Cal 79.42 21 1000 2/8/6 55 120
5. Florida 76.70 58 990 8/15/10 69 144
6. Nebraska 69.98 101 989 7/5/3 73 48
7. Duke 68.49 10 1000 18/NR/NR 57 156
8. Hawaii 68.45 164 995 13/3/17 81 12
9. Washington 67.67 42 990 6/13/5 54 96
10. USC 67.38 23 990 3/16/13 41 108

Christiana Gray

Duke Volleyball

Inside the Rankings: Duke Volleyball
Over the past decade, the Duke volleyball program has been on the rise, thanks in no small measure to three-time ACC Coach of the Year Jolene Nagel.

Under Nagel, the Blue Devils have been a consistent presence in the NCAA tournament, chalking up three conference championships in the past five seasons. Equally impressive has been their excellence in the classroom. Duke has won the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Award in seven of the last eight seasons and every year since 2006. This prestigious award is given to collegiate programs that earn a cumulative team GPA of 3.30 or higher.

Duke is an ideal choice for any volleyball player who wants to get a great education while dominating opponents on the court.

Check out the rest of STACK's college rankings:

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