Washington Chosen by Coaches to Defend Pac-10 Volleyball Title

Aug. 9, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The University of Washington, coming off its first Pac-10 Volleyball title in 2004, was picked to repeat last season's performance by a vote of the league's coaches. The Huskies, who were one of three teams to represent the Pac-10 in last year's Final Four, picked up five more points than second-place and 2004 NCAA Champion Stanford. Washington also claimed eight of the 10 first-place votes, with the Cardinal receiving the other two.

Stanford's 83 points were trailed by USC, picked third with 68 points. ARIZONA, who made its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance last season, held fourth position with 67 points. UCLA was selected in the fifth slot after receiving 63 points, followed by CALIFORNIA with 53 points.

Rounding out the poll were ARIZONA STATE, OREGON STATE, OREGON and WASHINGTON STATE, respectively.

Washington was also picked second nationally in the 2005 CSTV/AVCA Division I Preseason Top 25 Poll, receiving 15 first place votes. Stanford earned the third spot with eight first place votes. No. 7 USC, No. 13 UCLA, No. 17 Arizona and No. 19 California were also named to the Top 25. The Pac-10's six teams among the Top 25 was the most for any conference for the second consecutive year, followed by the Big Ten with four teams.

The 2005 season begins Friday, Aug. 26 with Washington opening defense of its title against Gardner-Webb in the University of Washington Tournament. Stanford will open its season and run toward another national title the same day in Omaha, Neb. against No. 5 Penn State in the AVCA/NACWAA College Volleyball Showcase. No. 1 Nebraska and No. 4 Hawaii will also compete in the tournament.

The coaches have correctly picked the Pac-10 champion in nine of the previous 16 polls. Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2, first place votes in parentheses):

1. Washington (8) 88
2. Stanford (2) 83
3. USC 68
4. Arizona 67
5. UCLA 63
6. California 53
7. Arizona State 40
8. Oregon State 36
9. Oregon 26
10. Washington State 18
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