Volleyball Predicted to Finish Fifth in Pac-10

Aug. 6, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State University's women's volleyball team was predicted to finish fifth in the 2002 conference standings by a preseason vote of the Pacific-10 Conference volleyball coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Stanford, which won its ninth Pac-10 Conference volleyball title and its fifth national championship, was selected to successfully defend its league title in 2002. The Cardinal edged USC by a mere four points but garnered seven of the coaches' first-place nods. Arizona, an NCAA national semi-finalist last year, was predicted to finish third in conference play.

The WSU Cougars have five senior starters from last season's 17-12 overall and 9-9 Pac-10 record which was sixth in Pac-10 final 2001 standings. Head coach Cindy Fredrick, beginning her 14th year at Washington State, has had eight teams play in the NCAA Championships, including the 2001 team which lost to #11 Hawai'i in the first round.

The Pac-10 coaches have correctly selected the conference champion in eight of the 13 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.

2002 Pac-10 Preseason Volleyball Poll

1.  Stanford (7)	        882.  USC (3)	        843.  Arizona	        734.  UCLA	                 655.  Washington State      556.  Oregon State	        457.  Arizona State	        408.  California	        359.  Washington	        3410. Oregon	        21

The Washington State University volleyball team will travel and compete in Europe this month in lieu of pre-season practice in Pullman, and will open the season hosting the 13th Annual Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Tournament, Aug. 30-31.

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