TEMPE, Ariz.—The Arizona State volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll, and junior outside hitter Macey Gardner was named to the 2014 Preseason All-Pac-12 Volleyball Team, the league announced on Wednesday.
With 73 votes, ASU was picked to finished behind Stanford (144 votes, five first place), USC (113 votes, five first place), and Washington (106 votes, two first place), and this is ASU’s highest spot on the preseason poll since being picked fourth in 1999.
This marks the second consecutive year Gardner has been named to the conference’s preseason team. She also rounded out the 2013 season on the All-Pac-12 Team.
The Pac-12 preseason coaches poll has been administered every year since the first season of Pac-12 women’s volleyball in 1986. In addition, nine teams earned NCAA Tournament bids in 2013.
The AVCA Preseason poll will be released on Monday, Aug. 11. To see the most recent AVCA polls, including the final 2013 release, check out the listings at AVCA.org.
ASU will open the 2014 season at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational, Aug. 29-31, in Manoa, Hawaii. ASU will play its first home match, an exhibition against Canada’s Mount Royal University, on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. PT.
Preseason Pac-12 Coaches Poll
School (1st Place Votes)Points 2013 Postseason Finish
Stanford (5) 114 NCAA Regional Final
USC (5) 113 NCAA Regional Final
Washington (2) 106 NCAA Semifinals
Arizona State 73 NCAA First Round
California 70 NCAA Second Round
Oregon 70 NCAA Second Round
Colorado 62 NCAA Second Round
Arizona 51 NCAA Second Round
Utah 39 NCAA Second Round
Washington State 25
Oregon State 11
2014 Preseason All-Pac-12 Volleyball Team (Alphabetical)
Inky Ajanaku, Stanford
Liz Brenner, Oregon
Samantha Bricio, USC
Madi Bugg, Stanford
Jordan Burgess, Stanford
Macey Gardner, Arizona State
Christina Higgins, California
Kyra Holt, Washington State
Brittany Howard, Stanford
Madi Kingdon, Arizona
Karsta Lowe, UCLA
Kaleigh Nelson, Washington
Ebony Nwanebu, USC
Taylor Simpson, Colorado
Krista Vansant, Washington