The Boise State
volleyball team has been picked to finish seventh in the Western Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll. Defending WAC volleyball champion Hawaii has been selected to defend its crown in 2008 and take home its 13th-straight regular-season title.
Out of the nine WAC teams, the Broncos earned 20-points to take the seventh spot in the regular season rankings, according to the coaches. Their 2008 outlook puts Boise State one spot ahead of their 2007 finish, where they placed eighth in the WAC with a 2-14 conference record.
The Rainbow Wahine received eight of the nine first-place votes with New Mexico State earning the other first-place vote. Hawaii earned 64 total points followed by New Mexico State with 57. For the second-straight season San Jose State and Idaho finished tied for third with 42 points. Utah State was picked fifth with 40, while Nevada was picked sixth with 34. Boise State finished in seventh place and Fresno State earned 16 points, good for eighth. Louisiana Tech was picked ninth with nine points.
Both the Bulldogs and the Lady Techsters have new coaches this season. Lauren Netherby-Sewell takes the reigns at Fresno State, while Matt Sonnichsen becomes head coach at Louisiana Tech.
Hawaii is coming off a 27-6 season in 2007 that saw the Rainbow Wahine earn their 12th-consecutive WAC regular season title with a 15-1 record. Hawaii also captured its eighth WAC Tournament title. Both Hawaii and New Mexico State advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.
The 2008 WAC season begins August 29 with all nine teams in action. For the first time ever, the WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held in Honolulu on the campus of the University of Hawaii. The nine-team tournament will be held November 20-23.
2008 WAC Coaches’ Poll
Rank Team, Points
1. Hawaii (8), 64
2. New Mexico State (1), 57
3. Idaho, 42
San Jose State, 42
5. Utah State, 40
6. Nevada, 34
7. Boise State, 20
8. Fresno State, 16
9. Louisiana Tech, 9