Aug. 10, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. -
The coaches in the Pac-12 Conference picked the 2011 Arizona volleyball team to finish seventh in the league, the Pac-12 announced today. USC was the preseason favorite, garnering 121 total points in the first year of the expanded conference.
Arizona was picked seventh in last year’s poll and finished sixth overall with a conference record of 9-9. The Wildcats return senior starters Cursty Jackson and Courtney Karst, redshirt junior Tori Moore and sophomore libero Candace Nicholson and also welcome eight freshmen to the squad.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 Arizona volleyball season kicks off with the annual Red and Blue scrimmage on Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. and then will travel to Hawaii for the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational to open the regular season Aug. 26-28.
2011 Pac-12 Women’s Volleyball Preseason Poll (points in parenthesis)
- USC (191)
- California (105)
- Washington (97)
- Stanford (92)
- UCLA (90)
- Oregon (65)
- Arizona (62)
- Arizona State (48)
- Oregon State (41)
- Utah (38)
- Colorado (18)
- Washington State (15)