For the first time in a long time, both the University of Colorado and Colorado State University are ranked in the top 25 of a preseason poll. Both the Rams and the Buffs landed in the top-25 women’s volleyball preseason poll. CSU came in at No. 12 while the Buffs ranked at No. 24.

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This is the Rams third-highest preseason ranking in the program’s history. And like every other sport between the two schools, a rivalry is slowly but surely brewing between the two powerhouses. The Buffs finished last year ranked 21st, while the Rams were 12th in the end of the year poll.

During the 2014 NCAA women’s volleyball championship tournament, the Rams knocked out the Buffs in the second round of competition. Of course CU wants revenge, but the team may have to wait. The Rams and Buffs will not meet in the regular season, so a rematch would have to come in the NCAA championships.

The Buffs have a long road ahead of them if they want to dethrone CSU as the superior women’s volleyball school. Last year, the Rams were ranked as high as No. 6 spot during the season. The Rams were also in the top-10 in 11 polls last season.

Marcus Flowers, a Mile High Sports intern and Claflin University student, contributed to this report