Coaches Pick Beavers To Finish Sixth In Pacific-10 Volleyball Race

Aug. 6, 2002

The Oregon State volleyball team has been picked to finish sixth in the upcoming Pacific-10 race, according to a poll of the league's head coaches. Defending national champion Stanford was picked to repeat as the Pac-10 champion after receiving seven first-place votes and 88 total points.

The Cardinal narrowly edged USC for the top spot, with the Women of Troy tallying three first-place votes and 84 total points. Arizona (73), UCLA (65) and Washington State (55) rounded out the top five. OSU received 45 points, followed by Arizona State (40), California (35), Washington (34) and Oregon (21).

The Beavers return four starters - senior middle blockers Katrina Nelson and Michele Solomon, senior outside hitter Joscelyn Hannaford, and junior setter Laura Collins - from the 2001 team that finished 17-12 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Last year's team was picked eighth in the preseason Pac-10 coaches poll but finished with a 10-8 conference record for a fifth-place showing, OSU's second highest finish ever in Pac-10 play. The team's NCAA berth was just the second in school history and the first since 1983.

Oregon State opens the 2002 campaign with the annual OSU Showcase, set for August 30-31 in Gill Coliseum. The Beavers will host Idaho, Idaho State and Missouri in this year's tournament. The Beavers will take on Idaho at 7 p.m., Friday, August 30 before hosting Idaho State at noon and Missouri at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August 31.

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