Aug. 12, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – The Arizona Wildcat Volleyball team was picked today to finish fourth in league play in a polling of the Pac-10 head coaches. The Cats received 52 total votes in the Conference’s annual poll.
Arizona, coming off a season in which it finished 19-11 and qualified for NCAA Tournament play, returns four highly-touted starters to a lineup which also added several key new additions.
“There’s been a lot of change-up in our Conference from last season player-wise,” said head coach David Rubio. “The opportunity to succeed will be there for everyone in the league this year.”
In 2009, the Conference saw eight teams ranked among the nation’s top 25 on multiple occasions with all eight of those teams earning an NCAA Tournament bid.
Stanford is the preseason favorite in the poll, edging out USC by two votes. Washington was voted third, followed by the Cats in the fourth spot and California rounding out the top five. Oregon was chosen to place sixth followed by UCLA, Arizona State, Washington State and Oregon State.
Arizona kicks off its season on the road against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the Shamrock Invitational in South Bend, Ind. on August 27.
2010 Pac-10 Volleyball Coaches Poll
1. Stanford (6) 77
2. USC (2) 76
3. Washington (2) 72
4. Arizona 52
5. California 48
6. Oregon 39
7. UCLA 37
8. Arizona State 22
9. Washington State 17
10. Oregon State 10