Volleyball Ranked No. 7 in Final Poll

Jan. 6, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University women's volleyball team is ranked seventh in the final USA Today/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll for 2002.

The WSU Cougars finished the 2002 season with a record of 24-8, and advanced to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Championship Tournament before losing at fourth-ranked Florida.

Washington State had an 11-7 record in the Pacific-10 Conference and tied Arizona for third place behind the eventual 2002 national champions and runners-up, USC and Stanford.

In the final national poll, USC is No. 1 and Stanford is No. 2. Other Pac-10 member schools ranked following WSU's seventh-place standing are No. 10 Arizona and No. 15 UCLA. Also receiving votes were California (26th), Washington (27th), and Arizona State (36th).

The Cougars' No. 7 final national ranking for 2002 equals WSU's spot in the 1996 final coaches poll.

WSU head coach Cindy Fredrick competed her 14th season as head coach of the Cougar volleyball program. She is the most successful women's sport coach in Washington State University history with a win-loss record of 269-172 (.610). Fredrick has a 126-126 record (.500) in Pac-10 contests. In her career of 18 seasons as a head coach, Fredrick has a 355-232 (.605) record.

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