UCLA Women's Volleyball Tabbed Third in Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll

Aug. 2, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The UCLA women's volleyball team was picked third in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll, as announced by the conference Thursday. The Bruins received one first-place vote and 75 points.

Defending Pac-10 champion and national finalist Stanford was tabbed first, picking up eight first-place votes and 89 points. USC was two points ahead of the Bruins with 77 points and the other first-place vote. Rounding out the poll were Washington, California, Arizona, Oregon, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State.

UCLA returns 11 letterwinners and four starters to a 2006 squad which went 33-4 and reached the Final Four for the first time since 1994. Leading the charge in 2007 for the Bruins is junior setter Nellie Spicer, who earned AVCA First-Team All-American honors as a sophomore. Senior middle blockers Rachell Johnson and Meghan Schoen also return to help UCLA continue its momentum from its outstanding play in the Spring. The Bruins claimed the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships in Austin, Texas in May. Spicer was named MVP of the tournament and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Johnson, Schoen and junior outside hitters Ali Daley and Kaitlin Sather.

The Bruins open the 2007 season on Aug. 24 at the AVCA Showcase in Omaha, Neb. UCLA will first face Utah, a team it beat in the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, with a potential matchup the next day against a Nebraska squad which defeated the Bruins in the national semifinal on its way to the national title.

2007 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Stanford (8) 89 pts.
2. USC (1) 77 pts.
3. UCLA (1) 75 pts.
4. Washington 71 pts.
5. California 57 pts.
6. Arizona 46 pts.
7. Oregon 42 pts.
8. Arizona State 33 pts.
9. Oregon State 26 pts.
10. Washington State 24 pts.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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 - TBA PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - TBA PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA