Aug. 19, 2009
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The UCLA women's volleyball team checked in at ninth in the Preseason AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll, which was released on Tuesday.
The Bruins are one of six Pac-10 teams ranked in the Top 25. Washington comes in at fourth, followed by Stanford at fifth and California at sixth. USC ranks 12th and Oregon is 14th. Arizona is also among teams receiving votes in the preseason rankings.
Aside from its matchups with its conference foes, UCLA faces four teams ranked in the preseason Top 25 and two more squads receiving votes. During the opening weekend (Aug. 28-30), the Bruins will face #25 Santa Clara, Western Michigan (receiving votes) and #7 Hawai'i. UCLA also plays at #3 Nebraska on Sept. 13, at Pepperdine (receiving votes) on Sept. 16 and #23 Long Beach State (in Fullerton) on Sept. 19.
In two other preseason rankings, the Bruins were picked 10th by Volleyball Magazine and fourth in the Pac-10 Coaches poll.