Cardinal Ranked Fifth In Preseason <i>Volleyball Magazine</i> Poll

Aug. 6, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's volleyball team came in at No. 5 in the 2009 Volleyball Magazine Preseason Poll released today. Two-time defending national champion Penn State took the top spot, while Texas, Nebraska and Washington rounded out the top five.

Stanford returns 10 letterwinners from last year's team that made a run to the NCAA championship match and claimed a third consecutive Pac-10 title. The veterans include two-time All-American outside hitter Alix Klineman, as well as returning starters Janet Okogbaa, Cassidy Lichtman and Gabi Ailes.

The squad also includes four talented newcomers - Karissa Cook (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Charlotte Brown (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Hayley Spelman (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Hannah Benjamin (San Diego, Calif.). Together, the group was deemed the third-best recruiting class in the nation and includes three Volleyball Magazine top-50 recruits and three U.S. Junior National Team members.

Stanford begins the season on Aug. 28 against LSU at the Notre Dame Invitational.

2009 Volleyball Magazine Preseason Poll

1. Penn State
2. Texas
3. Nebraska
4. Washington
5. Stanford
6. Cal
7. Hawaii
8. Minnesota
9. Florida
10. UCLA
11. Iowa State
12. USC
13. Illinois
14. Oregon
15. Michigan
16. San Diego
17. Wichita State
17. Saint Louis
19. Utah
20. Santa Clara

Others Receiving Votes: Purdue, Pepperdine, Cal Poly, Kansas State, Kentucky, Long Beach State, Wisconsin, Colorado State, Louisville, Texas A&M, Duke

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