Beavers Picked Ninth In Pac-10 Poll

Aug. 6, 2003

The Pacific-10 coaches have picked Oregon State to finish ninth in the 2003 conference volleyball race, according to the poll announced by the league on Wednesday.

USC, last year's NCAA and Pac-10 champion, was a unanimous choice to repeat as conference champion. The Women of Troy received nine first-place votes (coaches may not vote for their own team) for a total of 90 points.

Stanford, which received the only other available first-place vote, was picked to finish second with 82 points, and Arizona and UCLA tied for third in the preseason poll. Rounding out the poll were California, Washington, Arizona State, Washington State, OSU and Oregon.

The Beavers return seven letterwinners from last year's squad, including two-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 setter Laura Collins. Junior Allison Lawrence, who led the team in kills a year ago, and sophomore Karah Rhoades, who earned honorable mention recognition on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team last year, also return. OSU adds six freshmen as well as Anne Watts-Roberts, a junior who sat out last season after transferring from Montana State, where she was a two-time All-Big Sky honoree.

OSU opens the 2003 season at home against Gonzaga at 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 29.

2003 Pacific-10 Volleyball Coaches Poll1. USC2. StanfordT3. ArizonaT3. UCLA5. California6. Washington7. Arizona State8. Washington State9. Oregon State10. Oregon
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