Not much of a surprise … other than UH getting four first-place votes out of the nine. Hawaii was picked second behind defending champion Cal Poly.
The Mustangs received 77 points and five first-place votes, while Hawaii secured the remaining four first-place votes and 75 total points.
2018 Big West Women’s Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Cal Poly (5) 77
2. Hawaii (4) 75
3. UC Irvine 62
4. Long Beach State 48
5. UC Santa Barbara 45
6. UC Davis 38
7. CSUN 30
8. UC Riverside 18
9. Cal State Fullerton 12
The Wahine open two-a-day practices tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6 a.m.
This is the first time since 2012 when the Rainbow Wahine rejoined the Big West that they were not picked to finish in first place in the preseason poll. The last time UH was not voted as the preseason favorite was in 1995 when the ‘Bows were picked to finish second with Pacific chosen to finish in first place.
UH returns 10 letterwinners and one redshirt. The Wahine also have three senior transfers and two freshmen. Back are two all-conference first-teamers, senior outside hitter McKenna Granato and junior setter Norene Iosia.