Aug. 10, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The UCLA women's volleyball team was selected fifth in the Pac-12 Coaches Preseason Poll, as announced by the conference on Wednesday.
The Bruins received 90 points, two shy of fourth-place Stanford and seven behind third-place Washington.
USC was the coaches' unanimous selection as the top team, earning all 11 possible first-place votes and 121 points, followed by California, which received 105 points and one first-place nod. The rest of the top half of the poll included Washington (97 pts.), Stanford (92), UCLA and Oregon (65).
Arizona was seventh with 62 points, followed by Arizona State (48), Oregon State (41), Utah (38), Colorado (18) and Washington State (15).
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. The point system rewarded 11 points for first, 10 for second, etc., all the way down to one point for last.
The first chance to catch the Bruins, who opened preseason practice on Tuesday, will be on Saturday, Aug. 20 with the Alumni Match scheduled for 4 p.m. at the John Wooden Center.
UCLA's season-opening tournament will take place at Loyola Marymount, as the Bruins face Quinnipiac on Friday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m., Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 12:30 p.m. and LMU later that night at 7:30 p.m.
2011 Pac-12 Coaches Preseason Poll
1. USC 121 pts.
2. California 105 pts.
3. Washington 97 pts.
4. Stanford 92 pts.
5. UCLA 90 pts.
6. Oregon 65 pts.
7. Arizona 62 pts.
8. Arizona State 48 pts.
9. Oregon State 41 pts.
10. Utah 38 pts.
11. Colorado 18 pts.
12. Washington State 15 pts.