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Pepperdine Tabbed as Favorite in 2007 WCC Women’s Volleyball Preseason Poll
Pepperdine University was selected as the favorite to capture the 2007 West Coast Conference women's volleyball regular season title, as selected by the conference coaches. The Waves garnered five first place votes and tallied 61 overall points to earn the top spot.
Pepperdine returns five starters and nine letterwinners from last season's squad that finished with a 16-12 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in the last 10 years. The Waves, who finished second in the WCC last season, return three players who were selected to the All-WCC freshman team in outside hitter Rachel Lumsden, opposite hitter Kayla Walker, and setter Kiah Fiers, the WCC Freshman of the Year.
Nina Matthies, Pepperdine women's volleyball team head coach commented, "We had a great spring, and have nine solid returning players on the team this fall. With three tremendous freshmen players joining the team, we have a strong group of athletes this year. Our first game is this Friday in Arkansas and we're really excited start the season."
The University of San Diego, the defending WCC Champions, was tabbed second with 52 overall points and one first place vote. The Toreros edged Santa Clara University, which was selected third with 50 overall points and also received one first place vote. Loyola Marymount University was tabbed fourth with 37 overall points, followed by the University of San Francisco (30). Saint Mary's College was selected sixth with 27 overall points and picked up a first place vote. Gonzaga University (23) and the University of Portland (8) round out this year's poll in seventh and eighth place, respectively.