Women's Volleyball Ranked Fourth In AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll

Aug. 11, 2003

Colorado Springs, CO - The 2003 Stanford women's volleyball team is ranked fourth nationally in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll released today. The Cardinal open this season Friday, August 29 against Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo. Stanford will play 13 matches in '03 against opponents ranked in the preseason poll.

The four national semifinalist teams from 2002 hold the top four spots in the preseason poll. USC tops the poll followed by Hawaii. Florida is ranked third with 1,476 points, followed by 2002 runnerup Stanford with 1,447.

USC returns six starters and 10 letterwinners, including AVCA All-America First Team selections April Ross (Sr., OH) and Emily Adams (Jr., MB). Meanwhile, Hawai'i has six starters back with two AVCA All-America First-Team picks and a Third-Team selection in Kim Willoughby (Sr., OH), Lily Kahumoku (Sr., OH) and Lauren Duggins (Sr., MB), respectively. Florida brings back five starters from its national semifinal team from 2002, including AVCA All-America First-Team pick Aury Cruz (Sr., OH) and AVCA All-America Third-Team selection Benavia Jenkins (Sr., MB). Stanford, which lost AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom to graduation, returns four starters including AVCA All-America First-Team pick Sara McGee (Sr., MB) and AVCA All-America Second-Team selection Ogonna Nnamani (Jr., OH).

Rounding out the top 10 are Pepperdine at number five, followed by Minnesota, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, UC Santa Barbara and Arizona. Three teams were selected into the top 25 preseason poll that did not make the final 2002 poll - Louisville, Texas and California.

The Pac-10 led the conference race in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll with six teams, while the Big 10 gained five teams and the Big 12 had four teams.

USA Today/AVCA Coaches PreseasonTop 25 Poll

1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Stanford5. Pepperdine6. Minnesota7. Nebraska8. Northern Iowa9. UC Santa Barbara10. Arizona11. Penn State12. Georgia Tech13. UCLA14. Santa Clara15. Kansas State16. Long Beach State17. Wisconsin18. Ohio State19. Washington State20. North Carolina21. Missouri22. Louisville23. Texas24. California25. Michigan State
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