Women's Volleyball Picked No. 1 by AVCA Coaches Poll

Aug. 14, 2000

LOS ANGELES - The AVCA/USA Today coaches poll has joined Volleyball Magazine in picking the 2000 Bruin women's volleyball team as preseason No. 1. SI for Women is also preparing a preseason poll, which should be published later this month. Twelve of the remaining top-25 teams are featured on UCLA's regular-season schedule.

Of the 60 coaches voting in the poll, 23 picked UCLA first, and head coach Andy Banachowski's Bruins accumulated 1399 points to top the poll.

The Bruins return five starters from a 1999 team that finished No. 7 in the AVCA poll and lost in the NCAA Central Regional Final to eventual champion Penn State. That group includes Player of the Year candidate Kristee Porter (Jr., OH), along with All-America candidates Elisabeth Bachman (Sr., MB) and Erika Selsor (Jr., S), Ashley Bowles (Jr., OPP), and Lauren Fendrick (So., OH). Senior defensive specialist Michelle Quon is also a returning All-Pac-10 player, earning honorable mention notice in 1999.

UCLA opens its 2000 season on Friday, Aug. 25, playing in the State Farm NACWAA Classic tournament in Gainesville, FL. The Bruins open with second-ranked defending NCAA champion Penn State. Host Florida is ranked No. 9 in the AVCA poll, while Colorado State, the fourth team in the field, is ranked No. 13. All tournament matches will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by ESPN2.

AVCA/USA Today Preseason Poll (No. 1 votes)
1 UCLA (23)
2 Penn State (10)
3 Stanford (9)
4 Long Beach State (13)
5 Hawai'i (2)
6 Nebraska (1)
7 USC (1)
8 Pepperdine
9 Florida
10 Arizona
11 Minnesota
12 Pacific (1)
13 Colorado State
14 UC Santa Barbara
15 BYU
16 Wisconsin
17 Kansas State
18 Texas
19 Texas A&M
20 Michigan State
21 Baylor
22 Northern Iowa
23 Loyola Marymount
24 Michigan
25 Ohio State

Others receiving 30 or more points: North Carolina (132), Clemson (97), Notre Dame (79), Illinois (61), Utah (59), San Diego (58), Arkansas (58), Colorado (35), Louisville (31).


EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Sep 05 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 10:00 AM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:30 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, Sep 23 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 12:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
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