Carolina received 111 points to finish second in the rankings behind 2011 ACC Champion Florida State (118 points). UNC had three first-place votes.
Rounding out the top-five teams were Clemson (97), Duke (92) and Miami (81).
Senior Emily McGee and sophomore Chaniel Nelson were both named to the preseason All-ACC team. McGee, an outside hitter, and Nelson, an opposite hitter, were AVCA All-America honorable mentions in 2011. The Tar Heels finished the 2011 season tied for third in the ACC with Duke (15-5).
The 2012 ACC volleyball champion will be determined by the final regular season standings, with that team receiving an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Volleyball Championship.