Arizona Volleyball Picked To Finish Third By Conference Coaches

Aug. 3, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz.- The defending Pac-10 co-champion Arizona volleyball team has been picked to finish third by the conference coaches, the Pac-10 announced today. The Wildcats, who received 72 points, were edged out by only USC, with whom they shared the 2000 title, and Stanford. The Wildcats were picked to finish fourth last season.

Led by 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year David Rubio, Arizona returns four starters in 2001, including the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year Dana Burkholder. The Wildcats advanced to the Elite Eight in 2000 and finished fifth in the final poll, the highest end of the season ranking in school history.

The coaches have correctly selected the Pac-10 Champion in eight of 12 previous polls. Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team. First place votes are in parentheses.

2001 Pac-10 Volleyball Coaches PollRank    Team                    Points (10 for first-9 for second-....)1.	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
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