Nevada Picked 5th in Preseason WAC Volleyball Poll

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DENVER – Hawai‘i, which shared the regular-season crown with New Mexico State a year ago, has been selected in a poll by the league’s coaches to defend its crown in 2009 and take home its 14th-straight Western Athletic Conference regular-season volleyball title.

The Rainbow Wahine received 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. Utah State was picked to finish third with 45 points, followed by Idaho in fourth with 41 points. Nevada was picked fifth with 37 points, while Fresno State was selected sixth with 29 points, just ahead of San Jose State with 28 points in seventh place. Boise State and Louisiana Tech rounded out the poll with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Hawai‘i is coming off a 31-4 season in 2008 that saw the Rainbow Wahine earn their 13th-consecutive WAC regular-season title with a 15-1 record. Hawai‘i also captured its ninth WAC Tournament title. Both Hawai‘i and New Mexico State advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. The Rainbow Wahine advanced to the Elite Eight, while the Aggies picked up their first-ever win in the first round.

The 2009 season begins Aug. 28 with all nine teams in action. The 2009 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 23-25 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and will include the top six teams in the regular-season standings. The championship match will be televised live on ESPNU.

2009 WAC Coaches’ Poll
Rank Team Points
1. Hawai‘i (8) 64
2. New Mexico State (1) 57
3. Utah State 45
4. Idaho 41
5. Nevada 37
6. San Jose State 29
7. Fresno State 28
8. Boise State 12
9. Louisiana Tech 11