Second top-15 pick from national polls to begin 2006

The Lady Vol soccer team garnered its second national preseason ranking of the year, as the squad stands 14th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas poll released Tuesday.
UT leads three Southeastern Conference teams listed, with fellow Eastern Division members Florida and Vanderbilt coming in at No. 18 and No. 22, respectively. These two join three top-eight teams (No. 3 Penn State, No. 7 Santa Clara and No. 8 Virginia) on the Lady Vols’ slate this year.
Defending national champ Portland takes the top spot in this poll, followed by Women’s College Cup participants UCLA and Penn State at No. 2 and No. 3. North Carolina stands fourth, while Notre Dame comes in fifth. Florida State is sixth with Santa Clara seventh, Virginia eighth, Texas A&M, ninth and California and Boston College tied for 10th.
The Lady Vols started off their 2006 season with a 4-3 win in exhibition play over Virginia Tech on Monday night in Blacksburg, Va. Nine starters for head coach Angela Kelly, including 2005first-team NSCAA/adidas All-American senior midfielder Ali Christoph (Columbus, Ohio) and second-team Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American forward Kylee Rossi (Pennington, N.J.). Tennessee also brings back three starting defenders, including All-Central Region senior Jenny Jeffers (Lake Zurich, Ill.).
The Orange and White battle Carson-Newman on Sat., Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Regal Soccer Stadium in their final tune-up for the regular season.

NSCAA/adidas Top 25

1. Portland 23-0-2
2. UCLA 22-2-2
3. Penn State 23-0-2
4. North Carolina 23-1-1
5. Notre Dame 22-3-0
6. Florida State 20-4-1
7. Santa Clara 17-5-2
8. Virginia 18-6-1
9. Texas A&M 18-4-2
10. California 16-4-2
11. Boston College 13-6-2
12. Duke 14-6-1
13. Illinois 12-7-3
14. TENNESSEE 15-6-2
15. Cal State Fullerton 19-4-0
16. Connecticut 15-5-2
17. Arizona 11-8-3
18. West Virginia 12-6-3
19. Florida 13-6-1
20. Pepperdine 15-4-3
21. Purdue 11-7-2
22. Vanderbilt 17-3-3
23. Yale 15-4-1
24. Wake Forest 9-9-1
25. Marquette 19-4-1

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