Utah State Volleyball Tabbed Fourth In WAC Preseason Poll
USU was picked to finish fourth in the WAC preseason poll.
USU was picked to finish fourth in the WAC preseason poll.

Aug. 4, 2010

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's women's volleyball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Western Athletic Conference's preseason poll according to the league's coaches, as the Aggies received 38 votes. Hawai'i was picked to win its 15th WAC regular-season title.

The fourth-place prediction for Utah State is its second-highest in its six years in the WAC. Last season, the Aggies were picked to finish third, its highest prediction.

The Rainbow Wahine garnered eight of the nine first-place votes with New Mexico State earning the other first-place vote. Hawai`i earned 64 total points followed by New Mexico State with 57. Fresno State and Utah State followed with 44 and 38 points, respectively. Boise State was picked fifth with 35 points, while Idaho was selected sixth with 32 points, just ahead of Nevada with 30 points in seventh place. Louisiana Tech and San Jose State completed the poll with 15 and nine points, respectively.

"Preseason polls are just that - preseason, no one gets an award for the preseason poll. It is a way to get people thinking about our league and volleyball. Our team is looking forward to getting in the gym Monday and working hard to improve on last season," said fifth-year head coach Grayson DuBose.

The coaches also voted on the preseason award winners and Hawai`i junior Kanani Danielson was the unanimous pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

Utah State returns seven starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's team that went 15-14 overall and finished in seventh-place in the WAC with a 6-10 conference mark. Senior setter Chelsea Fowles is among the returners, along with senior middle blockers Katie Astle, Shantell Durrant and Danielle Taylor, senior libero Christine Morrill, and junior outside hitters Emily Kortsen and Liz McArthur. McArthur was named second-team all-WAC in 2009, while Astle, Fowles and Morrill all earned second-team all-WAC honors in 2008. Taylor was named second-team all-WAC in 2007. Kortsen also earned all-league honors in 2008 as she was named to the WAC's all-freshman team.



USU opens the 2010 campaign on Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Utah Tournament at Salt Lake City, opening with UC Davis at 1 p.m. (MT) before facing host and in-state foe Utah at 7 p.m. (MT). The Aggies host another Beehive state team in their home-opener on Tuesday, Aug. 31 when Weber State visits the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Match time is slated for 7 p.m. (MT).

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2010 WAC Preseason Coaches'     Poll
Rank 	Team 			Points
1. 	Hawai`i (8) 		64
2. 	New Mexico State (1)    57
3. 	Fresno State 		44
4. 	UTAH STATE 		38
5. 	Boise State 		35
6. 	Idaho 			32
7. 	Nevada 		        30
8. 	Louisiana Tech 	        15
9. 	San Jose State 	         9
2010 Preseason All-WAC Team
Player 	         Yr. 	Pos.	School
Lindsay Baldwin  Sr. 	MB 	Nevada
Kelsey Brennan 	 Jr. 	MH	New Mexico State
Brianna Clarke 	 Jr. 	MB 	Fresno State
Kanani Danielson Jr. 	OH 	Hawai`i
Jennah DeVries 	 Jr. 	S 	New Mexico State
Kayleigh Giddens Sr. 	OH 	New Mexico State
Kylie Harrington Sr. 	OH 	Nevada
Brittany Hewitt  So. 	M 	Hawai`i
Dani Mafua 	 Sr. 	S 	Hawai`i
Sadie Maughan 	 Sr. 	MB 	Boise State
Kelsey Taylor 	 Sr. 	MB 	Idaho
Whitney Woods 	 Sr. 	OH 	New Mexico State

Preseason Player of the Year Kanani Danielson, Jr., Hawai`i

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