UCLA Women's Volleyball Tabbed Third in Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll
Aug. 2, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The UCLA women's volleyball team was picked third in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll, as announced by the conference Thursday. The Bruins received one first-place vote and 75 points.
Defending Pac-10 champion and national finalist Stanford was tabbed first, picking up eight first-place votes and 89 points. USC was two points ahead of the Bruins with 77 points and the other first-place vote. Rounding out the poll were Washington, California, Arizona, Oregon, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State.
UCLA returns 11 letterwinners and four starters to a 2006 squad which went 33-4 and reached the Final Four for the first time since 1994. Leading the charge in 2007 for the Bruins is junior setter Nellie Spicer, who earned AVCA First-Team All-American honors as a sophomore. Senior middle blockers Rachell Johnson and Meghan Schoen also return to help UCLA continue its momentum from its outstanding play in the Spring. The Bruins claimed the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships in Austin, Texas in May. Spicer was named MVP of the tournament and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Johnson, Schoen and junior outside hitters Ali Daley and Kaitlin Sather.
The Bruins open the 2007 season on Aug. 24 at the AVCA Showcase in Omaha, Neb. UCLA will first face Utah, a team it beat in the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, with a potential matchup the next day against a Nebraska squad which defeated the Bruins in the national semifinal on its way to the national title.