TUCSON, Ariz. -The Arizona volleyball team has been picked to finish sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference in a preseason vote of the league’s 10 head coaches. The Wildcats, who return all six starters from last year’s squad, received 55 points in the poll.
Defending national champion USC was picked to win its third-straight Pac-10 title, receiving eight first-place votes and 89 points in the poll. UCLA was second with two first-place votes and 78 points, while Washington was third with 71 points. Stanford (69) was fourth, followed by California (58) and the Wildcats. Rounding out the poll were Arizona State (38), Oregon State (36), and Oregon (23) and Washington State (23), which tied for ninth place.
The coaches have correctly picked the Pac-10 champion in nine of the previous 15 polls. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
Arizona is one of six teams from the Pac-10 ranked nationally in the USA Today/CSTV preseason poll. The Pac-10 is the only conference nationwide with five or more teams ranked in the Top 25.
The complete Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll is listed below.
Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points
1 USC (8) 89
2 UCLA (2) 78
3 Washington 71
4 Stanford 69
5 California 58
6 Arizona 55
7 Arizona State 38
8 Oregon State 36
9 Oregon 23
Washington State 23