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WCC Announces 2016 Volleyball Preseason Poll and All-WCC Team

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – After making its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament and 19th overall, San Diego was picked as the favorite to win the 2016 West Coast Conference Volleyball Championship in the annual preseason poll of the WCC’s 10 coaches. The top three teams were separated by 11 votes, with 10 points separating the Toreros from the three-time defending WCC champion and 2015 NCAA Sweet-16 participant BYU. 

San Diego collected 78 points and seven first place votes, while the Cougars collected 68 points with one first place vote. Fresh off its second straight NCAA Tournament berth, Santa Clara was tabbed third with 67 votes and picked up the remaining two first place votes. Loyola Marymount marched to the 2015 NCAA Sweet-16 and was picked to finish fourth with 59 points. 

San Diego is one of three WCC programs appearing on the 2016 AVCA Preseason poll. BYU leads all teams ranked No. 13, followed by No. 21 Loyola Marymount. The Toreros sit at No. 26. Last season both the Cougars (11) and Lions (16) were ranked in the final poll. 

Pepperdine snared 48 points to round out the top-five of the survey. Pacific was tabbed for sixth place with 43 points. Portland (35), Saint Mary’s (27), Gonzaga (25) and San Francisco (14) round out the survey. 

Six programs placed at least one student-athlete on the preseason All-West Coast Conference Team. Santa Clara led the way with three preseason selections, while Loyola Marymount and San Diego each collected a pair of spots. 

All 10 West Coast Conference teams open the 2016 campaign Friday, August 26. For a complete interactive schedule, please visit WCCsports.com, and follow @WCCsports on Twitter for updates throughout the season.

2016 WCC Preseason Volleyball Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

 

Pts.

1. San Diego

(7)

78

2. BYU

(1)

68

3. Santa Clara

(2)

67

4. Loyola Marymount

 

59

5. Pepperdine

 

48

6. Pacific

 

43

7. Portland

 

35

8. Saint Mary’s

 

27

9. Gonzaga

 

25

10. San Francisco

 

14 

2016 All-WCC Preseason Volleyball Team

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Amy Boswell

BYU

Sr.

MB

Sabrina Clayton

Santa Clara

Sr.

OH

Lexi Elman

Pacific

Sr.

OH

Kristen Gengenbacher

San Diego

Jr.

S

Nikki Hess

Santa Clara

Sr.

OH

Lisa Kramer

San Diego

Sr.

MB

Jamie Lea

Loyola Marymount

Sr.

OH

Kirsten Mead

Santa Clara

Jr.

S

Sarah Sponcil

Loyola Marymount

Jr.

OH/S

Tarah Wylie

Pepperdine

So.

MB