Cougar Volleyball Predicted to Finish Fifth in Pac-10

Aug. 2, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Washington State University volleyball team was predicted to finish fifth in the 2001 conference standings by a preseason vote of the Pacific-10 Conference volleyball coaches, the conference office announced Thursday.

Southern California received a total of six first place votes and 87 points to edge Stanford (four first place votes, 84 points) in the annual preseason poll. USC shared the Pac-10 title last year with Arizona with identical league records of 16-2, and the Women of Troy advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals.

All six starters from the Cougars' 19-10 squad return this season. WSU had a 9-9 record and tied with Arizona State for fifth in 2000 after a preseason prediction of seventh place. Coach Cindy Fredrick's 2000 team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships.

The Pac-10 coaches have correctly selected the conference champion in eight of the 12 previous polls. For the preseason poll, coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team and points are tallied as 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2 with first place votes listed in parentheses below.

2001 Pac-10 Preseason Volleyball Poll1.  USC (6)	        872.  Stanford (4)	843.  Arizona	        724.  UCLA	        695.  Washington State	556.  Arizona State	527.  California	        418.  Oregon State	329.  Oregon	        2810. Washington	        20

The coaches submitted their ballots prior to Stanford naming John Dunning (formerly at Pacific) Don Shaw's replacement and prior to Washington selecting Jim McLaughlin (formerly at Kansas State) as Bill Neville's replacement. Shaw moved to the head coach of the Cardinal men's team while Neville retired.

Washington State begins preseason practice Friday, Aug. 10, and will open the season hosting the annual Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Tournament, Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

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