Aug. 3, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz.- The defending Pac-10 co-champion Arizona volleyball team has been picked to finish third by the conference coaches, the Pac-10 announced today. The Wildcats, who received 72 points, were edged out by only USC, with whom they shared the 2000 title, and Stanford. The Wildcats were picked to finish fourth last season.
Led by 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year David Rubio, Arizona returns four starters in 2001, including the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year Dana Burkholder. The Wildcats advanced to the Elite Eight in 2000 and finished fifth in the final poll, the highest end of the season ranking in school history.
The coaches have correctly selected the Pac-10 Champion in eight of 12 previous polls. Following are the results of the preseason coaches poll. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team. First place votes are in parentheses.
2001 Pac-10 Volleyball Coaches Poll Rank Team Points (10 for first-9 for second-....) 1. USC (6) 87 2. Stanford (4) 84 3. Arizona 72 4. UCLA 69 5. Washington State 55 6. Arizona State 52 7. California 41 8. Oregon State 32 9. Oregon 28 10. Washington 20