Washington Volleyball Picked Seventh In AVCA Preseason Poll
Aug. 9, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington volleyball team is ranked seventh in the 2004 AVCA USA Today/CSTV Preseason Coaches Poll released today. The Huskies, who finished last season ranked ninth, open the season on September 1 when they host an exhibition match against Trinity Western.Southern California, the two-time defending national champions, earned the top spot in the poll followed by No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Minnesota and No. 6 Stanford. Penn State, Pepperdine and California round out the top 10, respectively.Washington finished the 2003 season with a 23-9 record, 10-8 in the Pac-10, while advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight to tie the program's best-ever postseason finish. The Huskies defeated Stanford in the Sweet 16 match, before falling to Minnesota in five games to miss out on its first Final Four appearance.The Huskies return four starters to the 2004 squad, headlined by senior outside hitter and first team All-American Sanja Tomasevic. Washington also returns three players that earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades, including sophomore setter Courtney Thompson, junior libero Candace Lee and junior middle blocker Darla Myhre.The Pacific-10 Conference picked up five of the top 10 spots and six overall places in the preseason poll. The Big Ten placed four teams in the preseason poll, while the Big 12 and West Coast Conference each produced three teams in the poll. A total of 50 schools were listed on at least two ballots cast by the AVCA panel of coaches, in addition to four schools mentioned on just one ballot.AVCA USA Today/CSTV Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank School (First-Place Votes)1 USC (56)2 Nebraska (5)3 UCLA4 Florida5 Minnesota (1)6 Stanford (2)7 Washington8 Penn State9 Pepperdine10 California (1)11 Colorado State12 Georgia Tech13 Hawai'i14 Kansas State15 Texas A&M16 UC Santa Barbara17 Arizona18 Loyola Marymount19 Illinois20 Louisville21 Northern Iowa22 Santa Clara23 Wisconsin24 Utah25 Notre Dame
Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Maryland 112, Cincinnati 110, Long Beach State 108, San Diego 105, Texas 88, Kansas 85, Missouri 78, Michigan 68, Colorado 59, Brigham Young 58, Michigan State 45, UC Irvine 39, Pittsburgh 34, Florida A&M 27, Ohio 20, Arkansas 18, Wichita State 13, Fresno State 12, Tennessee 11, North Carolina 8, Ohio State 7, Pacific 7, Western Michigan 6, Ball State 3, Florida State 2.