Wildcats Tabbed Seventh by Pac-10 Coaches
Aug. 14, 2009
WALNUT CREEK – The Arizona Volleyball team was slotted to finish seventh by Pac-10 coaches today. Washington was the preseason favorite among the conference’s head coaches garnering 90 total points and nine first place nods.
Arizona, which finished 16-14 a season ago, returns all five starters and its libero for 2009. Last season, the coaches correctly tabbed the Wildcats as the seventh best team, as the team concluded the year with a conference record of 6-12.
California picked up 80 points and the only other first-place vote, and placed second in the poll.
Eleven-time and three-time defending Pac-10 Champion Stanford earned 74 points to take third. The Cardinal won the Conference title last season with a 17-1 record and 31-4 overall mark. Stanford made it to the national championship game for the third-consecutive year in 2008, but fell, 3-0, to Penn State.
UCLA picked up 62 points for fourth place just ahead of USC who nabbed 60 votes for fifth place. Oregon was just ahead of Arizona with 48 points for sixth. Arizona State received 34 points for eighth barely edging out Oregon State which finished with 31 points. Washington State was 10th in the poll with 19 points.
The 2009 Pac-10 women’s volleyball season kicks off on Fri., Aug. 28, when all 10 teams will be in action. The Cats travel to Louisville, Ky. for a three-matches against Louisville, Belmont and Pittsburgh, respectively.
Following are the results of the preseason coaches’ poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first place votes in parentheses).
2009 Pac-10 Women’s Volleyball Preseason Poll
1. Washington (9) 90
2. California (1) 80
3. Stanford 74
4. UCLA 62
5. USC 60
6. Oregon 48
7. Arizona 42
8. Arizona State 34
9. Oregon State 31
10. Washington State 19
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