USC Chosen By Coaches To Repeat Pac-10 Volleyball Title

Aug. 6, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- 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 61 tallies, followed by WASHINGTON with 49 votes.

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

The 2003 season begins Friday, Aug. 22 with USC opening defense of its national title against Florida in the NACWAA State Farm Volleyball Classic.

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)		90	2.	Stanford (1)	82	3.	Arizona 	68		UCLA		68	5.	California	61	6.	Washington	49	7.	Arizona State	39	8.	Washington St.	36	9.	Oregon State	28	10.	Oregon	 	19
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