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Gardner Preseason All Pac-12, Volleyball Sixth in Poll
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 08/07/2013
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Pac-12 Release | 2012 ASU Volleyball Recap
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. –
Arizona State volleyball received its first rating of the 2013 season when the Pac-12 Conference announced the annual coaches poll and the first ever Preseason All Pac-12 Team, to which sophomore outside hitter Macey Gardner was recognized.

“These announcements serve to highlight our excitement for the coming season,” head coach Jason Watson commented. “Not lost on us is this tremendous amount of work it’s going to take to achieve an ambitious set of goals for the 2013 season. We are anxious to get the season started.”

The Sun Devils were tabbed sixth in the preseason poll, after finishing the 2012 campaign sixth in conference and with a First Round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. ASU returns six starters and welcomes a 13th ranked incoming class according to PrepVolleyball.com. The depth of the team was said to be “scary good,” by senior libero Stephanie Preach.

Included in the depth, Macey Gardner reprised her roll as a 2012 First Team All Pac-12 Team member with a preseason nod. The sophomore spent time playing in China with the Pac-12 All-Star team this summer and brings a wealth of knowledge to the outside hitter position. Of the returners, she brings the most time on the court in the OH spot and also led the Pac-12 in total kills one season ago.

Arizona State opens the season Aug. 30-31 at Utah Valley’s tournament in Orem, Utah. The home opener is Sept. 20-21 as the Sun Devils host the Marriott Invitational in Wells Fargo Arena. Fans can attend the ASU tournament for free, as well as the team’s scrimmage on Aug. 24 in Wells Fargo Arena.

Tickets are currently on sale, more information is available on the ticket office webpage. General Admission for adults is $7, children, seniors and faculty and staff with i.d. are $5 and single game floor seats are $12. Walk-up tickets on game day will increase in price by $1. ASU students are free with a Sun Card i.d.  

Season ticket prices are $100 on the floor, Junior Sun Devil Club $25 and Pitchfork Pass $99 for adults, $80 for faculty and staff, $65 for seniors.

2013 Preseason Pac-12 Coaches Poll (2012 postseason finish)
1. Stanford (NCAA Semifinals)
2. USC (NCAA Semifinals)
3. Washington (NCAA Semifinals)
4. Oregon (NCAA Runner-up)
5. UCLA (NCAA Second Round)
6. Arizona State (NCAA First Round)
7. California (NCAA First Round)
8. Arizona
9. Utah
10. Colorado
11. Washington State
12. Oregon State

 

2013 Preseason All Pac-12 (Alphabetical)
Inky Ajanaku, Stanford
Liz Brenner, Oregon
Samantha Bricio, USC
Jordan Burgess, Stanford
Macey Gardner, Arizona State, Sophomore, Outside Hitter
Adrienne Gehan, California
Natalie Hagglund, USC
Brittany Howard, Stanford
Madi Kingdon, Arizona
Kylin Munoz, Washington
Laren Plum, Oregon
Kelly Reeves, UCLA
Krista Vansant, Washington
Carly Wopat, Stanford

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, seven teams earned NCAA Tournament bids in 2012.

The AVCA Preseason poll will be released on Aug. 12. To see the most recent AVCA polls, including the final 2012 release, check out the listings at AVCA.org

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