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For the third straight year, Pepperdine has been tabbed to claim the 2001 WCC women??s volleyball title in the league??s preseason poll, as selected by the conference coaches

For the third straight year, Pepperdine has been tabbed to claim the 2001 WCC women??s volleyball title in the league??s preseason poll, as selected by the conference coaches. The Waves received seven first place votes and compiled 63 total points to take the top slot. Head Coach Nina Matthies led Pepperdine to a 24-7 overall record and fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance last season. The Waves return three All-WCC performers including seniors Kate Taylor and Melissa Plass and junior Stacy Rowenhorst. All three ranked in the top ten in the league in hitting percentage with Plass?? .411 hitting percentage leading the conference.

Loyola Marymount holds the number two spot in the poll and will have some big shoes to fill up front with the loss of All-American Sarah McFarland. Missing McFarland the most will be second team All-WCC setter sophomore Nicole Oehlman, who as a freshman ranked second in the WCC in assists at 13.41 per game. San Diego and Santa Clara tied for third in this year??s poll to round off the top four. The Toreros finished .500 (7-7) in conference play last season, but hope senior Lindsey Lampert can lead USD back to the WCC title they held in 1998. Santa Clara won its first league title since 1993 last season led by WCC Player and Defender of the Year Ynez Carrasco and All-WCC setter Roz Pelayo. With both those players graduated, plus the loss of All-WCC performers Brook Terhune and Amy Kohl, Head Coach Jon Wallace will look for WCC Freshman of the Year Becky Potter to lead the Broncos charge to repeat.

The league coaches voted San Francisco to finish fifth this season and as the Lady Dons return five starters from last year??s squad. Saint Mary??s holds the sixth spot, followed by Portland and Gonzaga in seventh and eighth, respectively.

Women??s Volleyball 1. Pepperdine (7)63 2. Loyola Marymount(1) 49 3. San Diego48 Santa Clara48 5. San Francisco 31 6. Saint Mary??s 18 7. Portand 16 8. Gonzaga 15

(first place votes)

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