Cal Chosen to Finish Third in Pac-10 Coaches Poll

Aug. 20, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California received 16 points in the preseason coaches poll to place third behind No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Stanford. California beat both teams 1-0 last year at home during conference play, but fell in the third round of the NCAA Tournament to eventual champion UCLA.

UCLA has been picked to repeat as Pac-10 Conference champions by the coaches with 24 points edging out Stanford with 22 points. UCLA won its first Conference title last season with a record of 8-2 in the Pac-10. The Bears finished second with a 6-3-1 mark. Stanford was third followed by Oregon State, Washington and Fresno State respectively.

UCLA received four first place votes while Stanford received two first place votes. Cal opens it's Pac-10 schedule at home against Stanford on October 5th. The Bears host UCLA on October 26th.

Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll, coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points 5-4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses):

1. 	UCLA (4)		242. 	STANFORD (2)		223.	CALIFORNIA		164. 	WASHINGTON		125.	OREGON STATE	        116.	FRESNO STATE		 5
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