Volleyball Selected Eighth In Pacific-10 Coaches Poll

Aug. 10, 2004

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pacific-10 coaches have picked Oregon State to finish eighth in the 2004 conference volleyball race, according to the poll announced by the league on Tuesday. USC, which went undefeated at 35-0 last year to win its second consecutive NCAA Championship, was again chosen to repeat as conference champion. The Women of Troy received eight first-place votes for a total of 82 points in the preseason poll. UCLA received the two remaining first-place votes and was picked second overall with 78 points. Washington was picked third, followed by Stanford, California, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon State. Oregon and Washington State tied for the final two spots. OSU returns eight letterwinners from last year's squad, including 2003 honorable mention All-Pac-10 outside hitter Allison Lawrence, who ranked among the top 10 in the league for kills, digs, aces and points per game as a junior last season. Other key returnees are senior middle blocker Amanda Eggert, who had one of the top hitting percentages in the Pac-10 last season, and junior outside hitter Karah Rhoades, who ranked in the top 10 for aces in 2003. OSU adds two freshmen as well as junior college transfer Kristy Mortensen, who earned NJCAA All-American honors out of Northeastern JC in Colorado last fall. The Beavers are off on a two-week training trip in Eastern Europe, where they'll travel through the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Hungary while playing eight matches. They'll return on August 24. They'll kick off the season at the Indiana Tournament on September 3-4, with their home opener set for September 10-11 when OSU hosts Auburn, Oral Roberts and Saint Mary's.

2004 Pacific-10 Volleyball Coaches Poll1. USC2. UCLA3. Washington4. Stanford5. California6. Arizona7. Arizona State8. Oregon StateT9. OregonT9. Washington State
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