Volleyball Predicted to Finish Eighth in Pac-10

Aug. 6, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State University's women's volleyball team was predicted to finish eighth in the 2003 conference standings by a preseason vote of the Pacific-10 Conference volleyball coaches, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Southern California, which won its second NCAA Volleyball Championship was selected to successfully defend its league title in 2003. Stanford, the 2002 national runner-up, was selected to finish second in the Pac-10 this season.

The WSU Cougars graduated five senior starters from last season's 24-8 Elite Eight team which finished tied for third in the Pac-10 final 2002 standings. Head coach Cindy Fredrick, beginning her 15th year at Washington State, has had nine teams play in the NCAA Championships.

The Pac-10 coaches have correctly selected the conference champion in eight of the 14 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.

2003 Pac-10 Preseason Volleyball Poll1. USC (9), 902. Stanford (1), 823. Arizona, 68 UCLA, 685. California, 616. Washington, 497. Arizona State, 398. Washington State, 369. Oregon State, 2810. Oregon, 19.

The Washington State University volleyball team begins preseason practice Friday, Aug. 8, and will open the season hosting the 14th Annual Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Tournament, Aug. 29-30.

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