Washington Volleyball Picked To Finish Third In Pac-10
Aug. 10, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington volleyball team was picked to finish third in the Pacific-10 Conference by a vote of the league's coaches. The Huskies, who rank seventh in the 2004 AVCA USA Today/CSTV Preseason Coaches Poll released Monday, return four starters that took the Huskies to the Elite Eight last season.Southern California, the defending national champion, was picked to win its third straight title with 89 points, while UCLA was picked to place second with 78 points. Washington picked up the third spot with 78 points and was followed by Stanford (71 points) and California (58 points) to round out the top five.The remaining Pac-10 teams were Arizona (55), Arizona State (38), Oregon State (36), while Oregon and Washington State (23) tied for the last slot.Washington finished the 2003 season with a 23-9 record and a 10-8 mark in the Pac-10 to finish tied for fifth place. The Huskies defeated Stanford in the Sweet 16 round, before falling to Minnesota in five games in the Elite Eight match to tie its best-ever postseason finish.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 coaches have correctly picked the Pac-10 champion in nine of the previous 15 polls.