Pac-10 Preseason Volleyball Poll Released
Aug. 5, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- The volleyball team was tabbed to finish fifth in the Pac-10 race this fall, garnering 59 points in the Pac-10's preseason coaches' poll. The Huskies, who finished second in the Pac-10 last season, return four starters, including National Defensive Player of the Year, junior libero Tamari Miyashiro.
Stanford, which has won the Pac-10 the last two years, was picked to defend its title, earning 90 points in the poll and nine first-place votes. The Cardinal has been the NCAA runner-up the last two years and returns three All-Americans, including Pac-10 Player of the Year and National Player of the Year Foluke Akinradewo.
UCLA (75) received the other first-place vote and was picked to finish second in the conference. USC (68) and California (62) were predicted to take third and fourth, respectively. Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State rounded out the poll.
The Huskies return two All-Americans this season, in senior Jessica Swarbrick and Miyashiro. Swarbrick led the team last season in hitting percentage (.413) and was second in the Pac-10 and 10th nationally. She also posted 156 total blocks, for an outstanding 1.42 blocks per game. Swarbrick was a second-team AVCA All-America pick, a second-team ASICS/Volleyball Magazine All-America pick, a first-team All-Pac-10 honoree and a first-team All-Pacific Region selection.
Miyashiro earned the ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Defensive Player of the Year award after recording the second-highest digs-per-game average in the Pac-10 with 5.65. Her average was 32nd nationally and Miyashiro was tabbed third-team All-America by the AVCA and honorable mention All-America by ASICS/Volleyball Magazine. She was also a first-team All-Pac-10 pick and a first-team All-Pacific Region honoree.
The Huskies also return sophomore standout setter Jenna Hagglund, who was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Hagglund put up 13.54 assists per game, good for second in the conference and 10th nationally. Her 1,422 assists last season was the sixth-best single-season mark in Washington history.
Sophomore outside hitter Becky Perry will also suit up for the Huskies. Perry played in all 110 games and 31 matches as a redshirt freshman, earning Pac-10 All-Freshman honors. Last season, she hit .360 for the year and was third on the team in kills (326), kills per game (3.13), total blocks (106) and blocks per game (1.02).
Washington last won the Pac-10 title in 2005.
The coaches have correctly picked the Pac-10 champion in 12 of the last 19 years. Following are the complete results of the poll. Coaches may not vote for their own team (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2, first place votes in parentheses):
1. Stanford (9) 902. UCLA (1) 753. USC 684. California 625. Washington 596. Oregon 517. Arizona 398. Arizona State 329. Oregon State 3110. Washington State 18