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West Coast Conference Expects Tough Competition During 2012 Volleyball Season

Aug. 15, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- With the 2012 West Coast Conference women's volleyball season set to start next week, all nine WCC head coaches were asked to predict the outcome of the season and select the members of the preseason all-conference team.

Saint Mary's College and the University of San Diego each received 59 points and four first place votes to share the top spot in the preseason poll. The Gaels finished fourth last season, while the Toreros finished second behind Pepperdine University. This year, the Waves were chosen to finish third with 53 points and the remaining first place vote in the poll.

Brigham Young University, last year's third place finisher, was picked to finish fourth this season with 42 points, followed by the University of San Francisco with 33. Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University tied for sixth with 27 points apiece, while the University of Portland and Gonzaga University rounded out the list with 13 points and 11 points, respectively.

Six of the nine schools are represented on the 2012 preseason all-conference team. Eight of the 10 preseason selections were on last year's All-WCC First Team while one was an All-WCC Freshman Team member.

The WCC women's volleyball season officially starts on Friday, August 24. For schedules, scores, and standings, please visit WCCsports.com.

2012 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL

Team (First Place Votes) Points
T1. Saint Mary's (4) 59
T1. San Diego (4) 59
3. Pepperdine (1) 53
4. BYU 42
5. San Francisco 33
T6. Loyola Marymount 27
T6. Santa Clara 27
8. Portland 13
9. Gonzaga 11

2012 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM

Player School Year Position
Samantha Cash Pepperdine Sophomore Middle Blocker
Chloe Ferrari San Diego Sophomore Middle Hitter
Jennifer Hamson BYU Junior Opposite Hitter
Katie Hoekman San Diego Junior Middle Hitter
Betsi Metter LMU Junior Defensive Specialist
Jordan Shaw Saint Mary's Junior Outside Hitter
Malina Terrell San Francisco Junior Middle Blocker
Missy White Saint Mary's Senior Setter
Kellie Woolever Pepperdine Junior Setter
Valentina Zaloznik San Francisco Sophomore Middle Blocker