PROVO, Utah — West Coast Conference coaches picked the BYU women’s volleyball team to finish fourth in league play and named junior opposite hitter Jennifer Hamson to the Preseason All-WCC team Wednesday.
Hamson and the Cougars finished their inaugural season in the WCC with a 10-6 record, good for third place in conference standings and tied with Saint Mary’s. In the 2011 poll, BYU was picked to finish sixth and Saint Mary’s was picked to finish second.
Following the 2011 season, Hamson was named All-WCC and Academic All-WCC after leading the Cougars and the conference in kills per set with 3.94. Hamson was also No. 22 in the nation for points per set at 4.88.
Saint Mary’s and San Diego were picked to tie for first place in the conference this season. San Diego took second place in league play in 2011, finishing its season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The WCC women’s volleyball season officially starts August 24. For schedules, scores and standings, please visit WCCsports.com.
2012 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
TEAM (First Place Votes)
T1. Saint Mary's (4) 59
T1. San Diego (4) 59
3. Pepperdine (1) 53
4. BYU 42
5. San Francisco 33
T6. Loyola Marymount 27
T6. Santa Clara 27
8. Portland 13
9. Gonzaga 11
2012 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM
Rachel Hawks is the BYU women's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.