Golden Bears Picked Second in Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll

Aug. 14, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The California volleyball team was selected to finish second in a 2009 preseason poll of the Pacific-10 Conference head coaches. The Golden Bears were one of two teams to receive first-place votes taking the top spot on one of the ten ballots. Washington was voted the favorite to win the Pac-10 by receiving the other nine first-place votes while three-time defending Pac-10 Champion Stanford was picked third. Coaches were not allowed to rank their own teams.

Cal picked up 80 points in the poll after setting a program best with a 13-5 record in conference play last season. In 2008, the Bears finished third in the Pac-10 and were one of three Pac-10 teams to advance to the NCAA Regional Final where they fell to eventual national champion Penn State.

The Huskies tallied 90 points and claimed nine first-place votes. Washington is coming off a season in which it finished second in the Pac-10 with 15-3 record; 27-5 overall. Eleven-time and three-time defending Pac-10 Champion Stanford earned 74 points to take third in the poll. The Cardinal won the Conference title last season with a 17-1 record and posted a 31-4 overall mark.

UCLA picked up 62 points for fourth place just ahead of USC with 60 points for fifth place. Oregon got 48 points for sixth, while Arizona garnered 42 points for seventh. Arizona State received 34 points for eighth and barely edged out Oregon State which finished with 31 points. Washington State was 10th in the poll with 19 points.

Cal returns two All-Americans from a year ago including two-time selection senior outside hitter Hana Cutura. Junior setter Carli Lloyd received second-team All-America honors and All-Pac-10 recognition a year ago. The Bears also bring back plenty of firepower via starting senior middle hitter Mindi Wiley and two 2008 Pac-10 All-Freshman selections in sophomores Tarah Murrey and Shannon Hawari.

The 2009 Pac-10 women's volleyball season kicks off on Fri., Aug. 28, when all 10 teams will be in action. Cal starts its season at the Nevada Marriott Courtyard/Fairfield Invitational in Reno, Nev. Aug. 28-30. For information about tickets to home matches, please visit www.CalBears.com.

2009 Pac-10 Women's Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll1. Washington (9) 902. California (1) 803. Stanford 744. UCLA 625. USC 606. Oregon 487. Arizona 428. Arizona State 349. Oregon State 3110. Washington State 19

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