Bronco Volleyball Picked Fifth in Preseason WAC Poll
DENVER - The Western Athletic Conference announced the release of the 2010 WAC Preseason Volleyball Coaches' Poll on Wednesday, ranking Boise State fifth heading into the season. The volleyball coaches have selected Hawai'i to win its 15th-straight WAC regular-season crown in 2010.

The Broncos' Sadie Maughan earned an individual highlight for the team, earning one of 12 spots on the 2010 Preseason All-WAC Team.

The Rainbow Wahine, a 14-straight regular season WAC title winner, 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. Fresno State was picked to finish third with 44 points, followed by Utah State in fourth with 38 points. Boise State was picked fifth with 35 points, while Idaho was selected sixth with 32 points, just ahead of Nevada with 30 points in seventh place. Louisiana Tech and San Jose State rounded out the poll with 15 and nine points, respectively.

The coaches also voted on the preseason award winners and Hawai'i junior Kanani Danielson was the unanimous pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

New Mexico State placed the most players on the preseason all-WAC team with four, while Hawai'i had three and Nevada had two. Joining Danielson on the preseason team are teammates Brittany Hewitt and Dani Mafua, New Mexico State's Kelsey Brennan, Jennah DeVries, Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods, Nevada's Lindsay Baldwin and Kylie Harrington, Boise State's Maughan, Fresno State's Brianna Clarke and Idaho's Kelsey Taylor.

All but one member of the preseason all-WAC team was named to the 2009 All-WAC team. Seven members were first team all-WAC honorees a year ago (Brennan, Danielson, DeVries, Giddens, Harrington, Mafua and Woods), while four 2009 second-team honorees are on the team (Baldwin, Clarke, Hewitt and Maughan).

The 2010 season begins the weekend of Aug. 27 with all nine teams in action. The 2010 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 22-24 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.

2010 WAC Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

Team

Points

1

Hawai'i (8)

64

2

New Mexico State (1)

57

3

Fresno State

44

4

Utah State

38

5

Boise State

35

6

Idaho

32

7

Nevada

30

8

Louisiana Tech

15

9

San Jose State

9


2010 Preseason All-WAC Team

Player

Yr.

Pos.

School

Lindsay Baldwin

Sr.

MB

Nevada

Kelsey Brennan

Jr.

MH

New Mexico State

Brianna Clarke

Jr.

MB

Fresno State

Kanani Danielson

Jr.

OH

Hawai'i

Jennah DeVries

Jr.

S

New Mexico State

Kayleigh Giddens

Sr.

OH

New Mexico State

Kylie Harrington

Sr.

OH

Nevada

Brittany Hewitt

So.

M

Hawai'i

Dani Mafua

Sr.

S

Hawai'i

Sadie Maughan

Sr.

MB

Boise State

Kelsey Taylor

Sr.

MB

Idaho

Whitney Woods

Sr.

OH

New Mexico State


Preseason Player of the Year
Kanani Danielson, Jr., Hawai'i


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