Stanford Chosen By Coaches To Lead The Pack In Pac-10 Volleyball

Aug. 9, 2006

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford may have been a few matches shy of claiming the Pac-10 Volleyball title in 2005, but it was picked to take this year's Conference title by the league's coaches. The Cardinal, who finished 13th nationally last season, picked up eight first place votes and tallied 10 points more than second-place UCLA.

UCLA's 79 points were trailed by defending Pac-10 and National Champion Washington, which was picked third with 76 points. California, which made its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance last season, garnered the fourth slot with 64 points. USC received 62 points to land a spot in the top five, followed by ARIZONA in the sixth spot with 48 points.

Rounding out the poll were Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State and Washington State, respectively.

Washington may not top the Pac-10 Coaches Poll, but the Huskies garnered 16 first place votes nationally in the 2006 CSTV/AVCA Division I Preseason Top 25 Poll, placing third. Stanford picked up 13 first place votes to put the Cardinal in fourth, marking their 306th time in the Top 10 of an AVCA poll. No. 10 UCLA, No. 14. USC, No. 17 California, and No. 18 Arizona also received Top 25 honors. The Pac-10's six teams among the Top 25 were the most for any conference for the third consecutive year, followed by the Big Ten with five teams.

The 2006 season begins Friday, Aug. 25 with Washington defending its title against Ohio in the AVCA College Volleyball Showcase in Omaha, Neb. Stanford will take the floor Saturday, Aug. 26 to open its season against UC Santa Barbara, while UCLA begins its season at the Cincinnati Tournament, where it will take on Tennessee Tech and Western Michigan.

The coaches have correctly picked the Pac-10 champion in 10 of the previous 17 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. Stanford (8)		892. UCLA (2)		793. Washington		764. California		645. USC			626. Arizona		487. Oregon State		418. Oregon		329. Arizona State	3010. Washington State	19

Courtesy of the Pac-10.

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