Stanford Comes In Third In Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll
Aug. 14, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's volleyball team has been chosen by the league's coaches to finish third in the Pac-10 Conference this season. The Cardinal, which has won the last three league titles, returns four starters from last year's team that went 31-4 and advanced to a third straight national title match.
Stanford earned 74 points in the poll, falling just behind conference favorites Washington (90 points) and California (80 points). UCLA picked up 62 points for fourth place and was just ahead of USC (60 points). Rounding out the poll were Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State, respectively.
Stanford won its 11th Pac-10 title in 2008 and third in a row, establishing the longest Pac-10 title streak by any team in nearly a decade. Stanford has been either the conference champion or runner-up in 22 of the 23 seasons since the Pac-10 added women's volleyball in 1986. The Cardinal also holds the league's best all-time winning percentage in conference play (.877), more than 100 percentage points above its closest rival.
The 2009 Pac-10 women's volleyball season kicks off on Fri., Aug. 28, with all 10 teams in action.
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 voted in parentheses):
2009 Pac-10 Women's Volleyball Preseason Poll
1. Washington (9), 90 points
2. California (1), 80
3. Stanford, 74
4. UCLA, 62
5. USC, 60
6. Oregon, 48
7. Arizona, 42
8. Arizona State, 34
9. Oregon State, 31
10. Washington State, 19