Washington Leads Six Pac-10 Teams in AVCA Coaches Preseason Poll

Aug. 18, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. -- WASHINGTON leads six Pac-10 teams, including four in the top 10, in the AVCA Coaches' Preseason Poll that was released this afternoon. The Huskies were ranked No. 4, STANFORD at No. 5, CALIFORNIA at No. 6 and UCLA at No. 9.

The Huskies debut the 2009 season as the No. 4 team in the country after turning in a 27-5 record, a No. 5 final national rank and landing a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals last season. UW also received two first-place votes. Head coach Jim McLaughlin welcomes back five starters, in addition to his senior libero, AVCA second team All-American Tamari Miyashiro.

Eleven-time and three-time defending Pac-10 Champion Stanford was picked at No. 5. The Cardinal won the Conference 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.

The Golden Bears nabbed the No. 6 spot. Cal went 13-5 in Conference play last season, finished third in the Pac-10 and was one of three Pac-10 teams to advance to the Regional Final in the NCAA Tournament last season.

The Bruins are the fourth Pac-10 in the top-10 and were picked at No. 9. Coming off its 10th-straight 20 win season, UCLA made it to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Andy Banachowski will have to rely on 15 underclassmen, including four freshmen named to Volleyball Magazine's Fab 50 list.

USC was picked at No. 12, while OREGON was slated at No. 14. ARIZONA was the only other Pac-10 team to receive votes.

The 2009 Pac-10 women's volleyball season kicks off on Fri., Aug. 28, when all 10 teams will be in action.


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