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BYU volleyball: women’s team picked first in WCC preseason coaches’ poll

By Royce Hinton

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Aug. 25 2014 12:47 p.m. MDT

Updated: Monday, Aug. 25 2014 12:47 p.m. MDT

The West Coast Conference coaches picked BYU women’s volleyball to finish first in league play and named junior outside hitter Alexa Gray and senior opposite Jennifer Hamson to the Preseason All-WCC team Monday.

The Cougars finished the 2013 season with a 15-3 WCC record, good for second place in league play behind conference foe San Diego, and earned a trip to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. In last year’s poll, BYU was picked to finish first — edging out the Toreros by a point.

Following the 2013 season, Gray was named First-Team All-WCC. In 2012, Hamson was named the WCC Player of the Year and named first-team All-WCC.

San Diego was picked to finish second in conference play after finishing the 2013 season in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

WCC women’s volleyball officially begins Aug. 29, with the Cougars taking on West Virginia at the Gold and Blue Player’s Challenge. For schedules, scores and standings, visit the WCC website.

2014 West Coast Conference preseason coaches' poll

Team, (first place votes), points

1. BYU (9) 81

2. San Diego (1) 70

3. Saint Mary’s 61

4. Pepperdine 53

5. Loyola Marymount 39

6. San Francisco 38

7. Pacific 36

8. Santa Clara 34

9. Gonzaga 28

10. Portland 10

2014 Preseason All-West Coast Confernce team

Name, school, year, position

Savannah Blinn, Gonzaga, Jr., OH

Alaysia Brown, San Diego, Sr., MH

Samantha Cash, Pepperdine, Sr., MB

Dalas Dodd, Saint Mary's, Jr., S

Alexa Gray, BYU, Jr., OH

Jennifer Hamson, BYU, Sr., OPP

Madelyn Hutson, Saint Mary's, Sr., OPP

Litara Keil, Loyola Marymount, Sr., MB

Becca Strehlow, Pepperdine, Jr., S

Valentina Zaloznik, San Francisco, Sr., MB

Royce Hinton is the women's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.

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