Coaches vote Stanford volleyball 2015 favorite

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SAN FRANCISCO - Defending Pac-12 Champion STANFORD collected the maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11), and was voted to win the 2015 regular season, the Conference office announced today. ARIZONA STATE was second in the polling with 99 points, two more points than third-place WASHINGTON.

In addition to the annual coaches poll, the Pac-12 announced the Preseason All-Pac-12 team, as voted on by the league coaches. 10 of the 14 all-Conference honorees from a year ago appear on the 14-player preseason squad, including eight first-, second- or third-team AVCA All-Americans.

Hall of Fame coach John Dunning will have three All-Americans returning in 2015 to help the Cardinal claim its 17th all-time regular-season title. Stanford will be without All-American and national player of the year candidate Inky Ajanaku who will miss the season due to an injury suffered in an international competition over the summer. However, Stanford will have a strong recruiting class that includes the No. 1 recruit in the nation by Volleyball Magazine outside hitter Hayley Hodson.

ARIZONA STATE earns its highest-ever finish in the polling. The Sun Devils made their third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014, the first time the team has made three-straight postseason runs since going four years in a row from 1992-95. ASU is led by All-American and three-time All-Pac-12 pick Macey Gardner.

The Huskies received the only other first-place vote to place third. After a second-place showing in last year, 2015 will be about filling voids with the graduation of 2013 AVCA National Player of the Year Krista Vansant and former head coach Jim McLaughlin. However, the Huskies have a familiar face on the bench as Keegan Cook was moved up from assistant coach to head coach.

OREGON was voted fourth, collecting 94 points and will look to third-team All-American Martenne Bettendorf to lead the team. Two-time All-American senior Samantha Bricio leads USC, which was voted fifth with 84. COLORADO, which made a second-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, had 61 points for sixth place, one points ahead of ARIZONA, which was voted seventh.

UCLA was voted eighth, amassing 57 points, while OREGON STATE is ninth with 35 points. The Bruins returned to the NCAA Tournament last year after missing out for the first time in the history of the program in 2013. 2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year OSU head coach Taras Liskevych led the team back to the NCAA Tournament last year for the first time since 2001 and will have the help of third team All-American Mary-Kate Marshall. Picked 10th was UTAH (34 points), CALIFORNIA was 11th (28 points) and WASHINGTON STATE (22) was 12th.

Pac-12 volleyball is coming off another historic season after sending a league-record 10 teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, besting the previous best of nine which was set in 2013. Stanford advanced to the national semifinals, marking the fifth-straight year a Conference team had advanced that far. Half of the Pac-12’s NCAA Tournament teams were seeded in the top 16 and the league went 10-0 in the first round, the most first-round tournament wins for the Conference. The Pac-12 also set a league record for most teams ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll, with nine teams in the top 25 of the final polling.

Pac-12 volleyball is coming off a historic season with a league-record nine teams earning NCAA Tournament bids in 2013. UW’s appearance in the national semifinals marked the fourth-consecutive year a Conference team has advanced that far. Four teams ended the season ranked in the final AVCA Coaches Poll, including three in the top 10, as eight different Pac-12 teams earned top-25 rankings at some point during the 2013 season.

The regular season is set to begin Friday, Aug. 28. This year, again, Pac-12 volleyball teams 92 matches broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks and an additional three will be nationally televised on ESPNU. For the full regular-season schedule, including televised matches and listings, visit


1 Stanford (11) 121
2 Arizona State 99
3 Washington (1) 97
4 Oregon 94
5 USC 84
6 Colorado 61
7 Arizona 60
8 UCLA 57
9 Oregon State 35
10 Utah 34
11 California 28
12 Washington State 22



Adora Anae, UTAH OH 6-1 So. Laie, Hawai’i
Alexis Austin, COLO^ OH 6-2 So. Houston, Texas
Amanda Benson, ORE L 5-7 Jr. Litchfield Park, Ariz.
Martenne Bettendorf, ORE^ L 6-0 Jr. Portland, Ore.
Samantha Bricio, USC^ OH 6-2 Sr. Guadalajara, Mexico
Madi Bugg, STAN^ S 6-0 Sr. Apex, N.C.
Jordan Burgess, STAN^ OH 6-1 Sr. Fort Meyers, Fla.
Macey Gardner, ASU^ OH 6-0 Sr. Gilbert, Ariz.
Merete Lutz, STAN^ MB 6-8 So. Houston, Texas
Mary-Kate Marshall, OSU^ OH 6-1 So. Coppell, Texas
Lillian Schonewise, CAL MB 6-3 Sr. Papillion, Neb.
Penina Snuka, ARIZ^ S 5-6 Jr. Gilbert, Ariz.
Cassie Strickland L 5-8 Sr. Huntington Beach, Calif.
Lianna Sybeldon, WASH^ MB 6-1 Sr. Folsom, Calif.
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