Coaches Vote USC 2011 Preseason Favorite

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — In a polling of the Conference's 12 women's volleyball coaches, USC emerged as the preseason favorite to win the 2011 regular season, the Conference announced today. The Trojans received 121 points and all 11 possible first-place votes.

Reaching the NCAA semifinals and finishing third in the Conference last season, the Trojans return virtually intact, with all six starters and top libero back for 2011. The national runner-up and co-league champion last season, CALIFORNIA received 105 points to place second in the polling, followed by WASHINGTON, which garnered 97 points.

STANFORD, the 2010 Conference co-champion, received 92 points for fourth place, UCLA received 90 points for fifth place and OREGON was sixth with 65 points to round out the top half.

ARIZONA's 62 points were good for seventh place, followed by ARIZONA STATE (48) and OREGON STATE (41). League newcomers UTAH (38) and COLORADO (18) placed 10th and 11th, respectively, in the poll. WASHINGTON STATE, who is under the direction of a new head coach, had the fewest point total with 15 for 12th.

The Pac-12, which has dominated the sport of women's volleyball, celebrated its 25th anniversary as a Conference sport last year with two teams reaching the national semifinals and Cal advancing to the title match. The 2011 campaign is set to get underway Friday-Sunday, Aug. 26-28.

2011 Pac-12 Volleyball Coaches Poll
Place Team Points
1. USC (11) 121
2. California (1) 105
3. Washington 97
4. Stanford 92
5. UCLA 90
6. Oregon 65
7. Arizona 62
8. Arizona State 48
9. Oregon State 41
10. Utah 38
11. Colorado 18
12. Washington State 15
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