Volleyball Picked To Finish Third By Conference Coaches

Aug. 7, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The University of Southern California, which in 2002 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 were 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) 902. Stanford (1) 823. Arizona  68   UCLA 685. California 616. Washington 497. Arizona State 398. Washington St. 369. Oregon State 2810. Oregon  19
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