Pac-10 Volleyball Coaches Vote Stanford 2010 Preseason Favorite

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- In a polling of the Conference's 10 women's volleyball coaches, STANFORD emerged as the preseason favorite to win the 2010 regular season, the Conference announced today. The four-time defending Pac-10 Champion Cardinal received 77 points and six first-place votes, edging USC, which garnered 76 points and two first-place votes.

The Cardinal looks to be a strong contender for its fifth-consecutive Conference crown as it returns six starters, including three All-Americans. The Trojans also return six starters and an outstanding incoming freshman class. WASHINGTON also received a pair of first-place votes and 72 points overall to place third in the polling. The Huskies, who have placed second behind the Cardinal four years in a row, return 10 players from the 2009 squad.

ARIZONA placed fourth in the coaches' preseason poll with 52 points, CALIFORNIA was fifth with 48 points and OREGON sixth with 39 points. The Wildcats look to improve on their NCAA Tournament showing from last year, their first appearance since 2005. The Golden Bears are a young squad in 2010, but look to get to the NCAA Regional finals for the fourth-straight year, while the Ducks return a solid group and will add a talented list of newcomers.

UCLA, under the direction of a new head coach, was picked to finish seventh (37), ARIZONA STATE, with 22 points, was picked eighth, followed by WASHINGTON STATE in ninth (17) and OREGON STATE in 10th (10). The Sun Devils have a youthful roster with two seniors leading the way. The Cougars made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002 last season and look to build on that success with seven players returning. The Beavers graduated four seniors and have a roster that consists mostly of underclassmen.

The Pac-10, which has dominated the sport of women's volleyball for over a decade, is coming off one of its most successful seasons after earning eight NCAA Tournament bids last year, tying a Conference record. The 2010 campaign gets underway Friday-Sunday, Aug. 27-29 as all 10 teams take to the court.

2010 Pac-10 Volleyball Coaches Poll

1.

Stanford (6)

77

2.

Washington (2)

72

3.

USC (2)

70

4.

Arizona

52

5.

California

49

6.

Oregon

40

7.

UCLA

38

8.

Arizona State

23

9.

Washington State

18

10.

Oregon State

11

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