Aug. 18, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State University's women's volleyball team has been picked to finish fifth in the Big West according to the conference's coaches, as the Aggies received 45 votes. Long Beach State is tabbed to win the league as the 49ers garnered eight of the nine possible first-place votes.
"That is where I voted us as well, so it's not a surprise to me," commented second-year head coach Tom Peterson. "I feel that we can be better than a fifth-place team in this conference, but we are going to have to earn it. We are going to have to win matches because we play as a team, not because we are taller or more talented."
Utah State won the Eastern Division of the Big West Conference in 1999 with an 11-5 league mark before losing to Pacific in the Big West Championship game (0-3) in Stockton, Calif. Overall, the Aggies were 14-12 last season and won 13 of its last 17 matches. The Aggies return three starters and seven letterwinners from last year's squad.
Utah State opens the 2000 season on Fri., Sept. 1 vs. Kansas State in the opening match of the Cougar Challenge in Pullman, Wash. The Wildcats are ranked 17th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Preseason Poll. The Aggies home opener will be on Sept. 12 when Brigham Young, ranked 15th by the AVCA, will visit the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
BIG WEST VOLLEYBALL COACHES POLL
1. Long Beach State (8) 80 2. Pacific (1) 72 3. UC Santa Barbara 64 4. Cal Poly 54 5. Utah State 45 6. UC Irvine 27 7. Boise State 26 8. Idaho 21 9. Cal State Fullerton 16
( )First-place votes