Volleyball Sits Fourth In Volleyball Magazine Poll
Aug. 6, 2009
SEATTLE - The first major preseason poll of the 2009 volleyball season was unveiled today by Volleyball Magazine, and Washington finds itself right near the top with a No. 4 ranking.
Washington is the highest-ranked team out of the Pac-10, just ahead of No. 5 Stanford, the NCAA runner-up last year, and No. 6 California. Two-time defending NCAA champion Penn State kept hold of the No. 1 spot, followed by Texas at No. 2 and Nebraska at No. 3.
Led by ninth-year head coach Jim McLaughlin, the Huskies return all but one starter from a team that was mere points away from reaching the Final Four last year. Washington came up short against Nebraska, 3-2, in the Regional final. Overall the Dawgs were 27-5 on the year and 15-3 in the Pac-10. They were ranked fifth in the final AVCA poll.
Washington will be led by a trio of returning All-Americans, including senior libero Tamari Miyashiro, the two-time National Defensive Player of the Year, junior setter Jenna Hagglund, and junior outside hitter Becky Perry.
The first ranked opponents the UW will face will come at the Tampa Twice Tournament in Tampa, Fla., where they will play eighth-ranked Minnesota on Sept. 11 and ninth-ranked Florida on Sept. 12. Once Pac-10 play begins on Sept. 25, the Huskies will also face No. 10 UCLA, No. 12 USC, and No. 14 Oregon.
Washington begins its 2009 campaign in just a few short weeks, on August 28, at home against San Jose State at 7 p.m.
2009 Volleyball Magazine Preaseason Poll
1. Penn State
11. Iowa State
16. San Diego
17. Wichita State & Saint Louis
20. Santa Clara
Others Receiving Votes: Purdue, Pepperdine, Cal Poly, Kansas State,Kentucky, Long Beach State, Wisconsin, Colorado State, Louisville,Texas A&M, Duke
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