Utah State Volleyball Tabbed Fourth In 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