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Huskies Get Top Billing In Pac-12 Coaches Poll

Aug 18, 2021

SEATTLE – Defending conference champion Washington was voted as the preseason favorite by the Pac-12 volleyball head coaches, the conference announced today. In addition to the coaches poll, the Preseason All-Pac-12 Team was announced, with Samantha Drechsel, Ella May Powell, and Claire Hoffman all earning the honor.
The Huskies successfully navigated the challenges of the delayed 2021 spring season to claim their third Pac-12 title in six seasons under Head Coach Keegan Cook, going 17-3 in conference play and then advancing to the NCAA Semifinals.
Washington will now look to defend its title after a quick turnaround to the fall. The Dawgs, ranked No. 4 nationally to start the year, open the season on Aug. 27 against Ohio in Columbus.
UCLA was voted second by the coaches, followed by Oregon at the third spot, Stanford at four, Washington State at five, and USC at six.
Drechsel, Powell, and Hoffman were all named All-Pac-12 at the end of the spring season, and all were named All-Americans by the AVCA, Drechsel and Powell on the First Team, and Hoffman on the Second Team. Drechsel and Hoffman were the top two point producers for the Dawgs, averaging 3.52 and 3.31 kills per set, respectively. Both outside hitters shared the team lead with 33 aces and provided steady passing in the back row.
Powell, the junior setter, can continue to climb the UW career assists lists this fall where she already ranks fourth all-time with 3,684. She was named Pac-12 Setter of the Year last season helping UW reach the Final Four for the first time since 2013.

Rank School (First Place Votes) Total Points
1. Washington (11) 121
2. UCLA 101
3. Oregon 100
4. Stanford (1) 95
5. Washington State 77
6. USC 74
7. Utah 66
8. Arizona 44
9. Colorado 39
10. California 33
11. Arizona State 30
12. Oregon State 12


Player Position Height Hometown
Brooke Botkin, USC OH 6-2 Houston, Texas
Samantha Drechsel, WASH OH 6-4 Woodinville, Wash.
Dani Drews, UTAH OH 6-0 Sandy, Utah
Zoe Fleck, UCLA DS/L 5-6 Granada Hills, Calif.
Claire Hoffman, WASH OH 6-2 Pleasant Hill, Ore.
Magda Jehlarova, WSU MB 6-3 Prerov, Czech Republic
Kendall Kipp, STAN OH 6-5 Newport Beach, Calif.
Mac May, UCLA OH/OPP 6-3 Dubuque, Iowa
élan McCall, UCLA OH/OPP 6-0 Leander, Texas
Mima Mirkovic, CAL OH 5-11 Irvine, Calif.
Brooke Nuneviller, ORE OH/L 5-11 Chandler, Ariz.
Ella May Powell, WASH S 6-0 Fayetteville, Ark.
Hannah Pukis, WSU S 5-11 Tacoma, Wash.
Pia Timmer, WSU OH 6-2 Emlichheim, Germany