Stanford Picked To Finish Second By Conference Volleyball Coaches

Aug. 6, 2003

The University of Southern California, which won its second NCAA Volleyball championship, and fifth national title overall was picked to defend the Conference crown by the Pac-10 Volleyball coaches. The Women of Troy, who received 90 total votes topped second-place STANFORD by eight votes. In addition,USC received nine place votes while the Cardinal claimed the remaining vote.

ARIZONA and UCLA finished in a tie for third with 68 votes apiece. CALIFORNIA held the fifth spot with 61tallies, followed by WASHINGTON with 49 votes.

Rounding out the poll was ARIZONA STATE, WASHINGTON STATE, OREGON STATE and OREGON, respectively.

Stanford finished the 2002 season with a 32-5 record, 15-3 in the Pac-10 and a No. 2 national ranking. The Cardinal made their third Final Four appearance in the last four years, taking second overall.

The coaches have correctly picked the Pac-10 champion in eight of the previous 14 polls. Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll, coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2, first place votes in parentheses):

1. USC (9)
2. Stanford (1)
3. Arizona
5. California
6. Washington
7. Arizona State
8. Washington State
9. Oregon State
10. Oregon

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