Broncos Ranked No. 8 in WAC Pre-Season Coaches' Poll

DENVER – The Boise State volleyball team has been selected as the No. 8-ranked team in the Western Athletic Conference by the league's head coaches. 

Hawai‘i, which shared the regular-season crown with New Mexico State a year ago, has been selected in a poll by the league’s coaches to defend its crown in 2009 and take home its 14th-straight Western Athletic Conference regular-season volleyball title.

The Rainbow Wahine 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. Utah State was picked to finish third with 45 points, followed by Idaho in fourth with 41 points. Nevada was picked fifth with 37 points, while Fresno State was selected sixth with 29 points, just ahead of San Jose State with 28 points in seventh place. Boise State and Louisiana Tech rounded out the poll with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Hawai‘i is coming off a 31-4 season in 2008 that saw the Rainbow Wahine earn their 13th-consecutive WAC regular-season title with a 15-1 record. Hawai‘i also captured its ninth WAC Tournament title. Both Hawai‘i and New Mexico State advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. The Rainbow Wahine advanced to the Elite Eight, while the Aggies picked up their first-ever win in the first round.

The 2009 season begins Aug. 28 with all nine teams in action. The 2009 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 23-25 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.

2009 WAC Coaches’ Poll

Rank     Team                              Points

1.             Hawai‘i (8)                     64

2.             New Mexico State (1)   57

3.             Utah State                    45

4.             Idaho                            41

5.             Nevada                        37

6.             San Jose State            29

7.             Fresno State               28

8.             Boise State                 12

9.             Louisiana Tech           11

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