ASU Volleyball Selected Sixth In Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll
Aug. 3, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The 2001 Arizona State University volleyball team has been picked to finish sixth in the highly competitive Pac-10 Conference when its annual preseason coaches poll was released today from the conference office in Walnut Creek, Calif. USC, who shared the Pac-10 title a year ago and advanced to the NCAA Final Four is picked to finish first, while Stanford, Arizona, UCLA and Washington State are all listed in front of the Sun Devils.
Head Coach Patti Snyder-Park enters her 13th season at the helm of Sun Devil volleyball, and will be looking to take the program to its third straight NCAA appearance. Returning eight letterwinners, including a strong class of six sophomores, and three starters, the Sun Devils will be competitive in what is regarded as one of the top volleyball conferences in the nation. The 2001 squad features lone senior Jami Coughlin, who is only the 11th Sun Devil in history to record more than 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills in a career. The senior outside hitter is the current active leader in the career digs in the Pac-10 with 1,138.
The 2001 edition of Sun Devil volleyball also features a strong recruiting class of three transfers and three freshmen. The Devils open the 2001 season with the annual Phoenix Airport Hilton/Sun Devil Challenge, running Aug. 31-Sept. 1. ASU will host Hofstra, Santa Clara, Nevada and South Carolina in the tournament, playing each team once in the nine-match tournament.
The coaches have correctly selected the Pac-10 Champion eight of 12 previous seasons. Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll, coaches re not allowed to vote on their own team (points 10-9-9-7-6-5-4-3--2-1, first place votes in parentheses):
2001 Pac-10 Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll1. USC (6) 872. Stanford (4) 843. Arizona 724. UCLA 695. Washington State 556. ARIZONA STATE 527. California 418. Oregon State 329. Oregon 2810. Washington 20