Women of Troy Enter 2001 Among Preseason Top-5

Aug. 13, 2001

Los Angeles, Calif. -- The USC women's volleyball team enters the 2001 season ranked second according to the AVCA and fourth according to Volleyball magazine's Division I preseason rankings.

For the second year in a row, USC welcomes the nation's No. 1 recruiting class (according to Volleyball, Student Sports), in addition to returning four starters from last year's squad which advanced to the 2000 NCAA Final Four and garnered the Trojans' first-ever share of the Pac-10 title. Among the veterans, the Women of Troy feature the talent of All-Americans Jennifer Pahl (Murrieta, Calif.) and April Ross (Newport Beach, Calif.), alongside all-conference players' Katie Olsovsky (Torrance, Calif.) and Toni Anderson (Yorba Linda, Calif.).

Head Coach Mick Haley enters his first official season at the helm of the USC volleyball program after guiding the U.S.A. Women's National Volleyball team to a fourth-place finish at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

The Women of Troy open the season Aug. 31 against the USC alumni at 6 p.m. in the Lyon Center. Regular season play begins Saturday, Sept. 1, when the Trojans travel to Irvine, Calif., for the UCI Invitational. USC will face the UCI Anteaters at 5 p.m. on Saturday and No. 4 Wisconsin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Following are the recently release preseason polls.

USA Today / AVCA Division I Coaches Top-25
Preseason Poll (Aug. 13)

1. Nebraska
2. USC
3. Penn State
4. Wisconsin
5. Hawai'I
6. Arizona
7. UCLA
8. Long Beach State
9. Florida
10. Stanford
11. BYU
12. Pacific
13. UC Santa Barbara
14. Colorado State
15. Minnesota
16. Ohio State
17. Pepperdine
18. Texas A&M
19. Kansas State
20. Notre Dame
21. Utah
22. Santa Clara
23. South Carolina
24. Loyola Marymount
25. Georgia Tech

Volleyball Magazine Division I Top-5
Preseason Poll (Aug. 13)

1. Nebraska
2. Stanford
3. Long Beach State
4. USC

5. Hawaii

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