Aug. 9, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The defending national champion Bruins were selected as the preseason Pac-12 favorite according to the league's coaches, as announced by the conference on Thursday. UCLA earned 10 first-place votes and 120 points.
Stanford was picked second by the coaches, earning two first-place votes and 109 points. The rest of the top half of the poll featured USC at third (96 points), Oregon at fourth (91), Washington at fifth (83) and California at sixth (77).
The bottom half of the standings featured Arizona in seventh (56), followed by Arizona State (43), Oregon State (41), Utah (39), Washington State (22) and Colorado (15). Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
It marks the first time since 2000 that the Bruins have been selected first in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll. The last conference title for UCLA was in 1999.
The Bruins opened up preseason practice on Wednesday and will host the Alumni Match on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. at the John Wooden Center.
2012 Pac-12 Volleyball Coaches Poll
1. UCLA (10 first-place votes) 120
2. Stanford (2) 109
3. USC 96
4. Oregon 91
5. Washington 83
6. California 77
7. Arizona 56
8. Arizona State 43
9. Oregon State 41
10. Utah 39
11. Washington State 22
12. Colorado 15
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