Volleyball 2019 Preseason Power-Rankings

Four starters return, WSU sits in the middle of the Pac

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Volleyball 2019 Preseason Power-Rankings




SHAWN P. O'CONNOR, Evergreen columnist

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1.(1) Stanford

Stanford at number one should come as no surprise. The defending champs are primed to defend both their Pac-12 Title and NCAA National Championship. They sit at the top of both my rankings and the AVCA Coaches’ Poll.

2. (14) Southern California

The Trojans have a great chance to challenge Stanford for the conference crown. Raquel Lazaro, former Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, will look to take USC back to the NCAA Tourney in her second collegiate season.

3. (11) Oregon

Fresh off their best regular-season finish since 2012, the Ducks will look for another top-two finish in the conference. Oregon should get quite a boost from a top-10 recruiting class and returning All-American Ronika Stone should have another incredible season.

4. (13) Washington

The Huskies will look to reclaim the top spot in the conference after failing to record a spot in the top two for the first time since 2013. Returning All-American Kara Bajema should help Washington climb in the standings.

5. (22) Washington State

The golden age of WSU volleyball is in full swing. Fresh off their first-ever three-year stretch in the NCAA tournament, the Cougs will look to continue the success. Alexis Dirige and company should be a force in the Pac-12 once again.

6. (24) Arizona

The final top-25 preseason team in the Pac-12 is Arizona. The program made the NCAA Tournament last season for the fifth time in six seasons. The Wildcats will attempt to make it six of seven in 2019.


The Bruins just missed out on the NCAA Tournament last season despite defeating five ranked opponents last season. UCLA has a shot to finish in the top half of the conference this season and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.

8. Colorado

A year after receiving an NCAA tournament berth, the Buffs return a veteran squad, featuring eight letter winners from last season’s team. Mark this school as a potential dark horse team in the Pac.

9. Utah

After a rocky 2018 conference schedule, the Utes will have another challenge as they look to climb the standings in the always tough Pac-12. Look for All-American Dani Drews to have another tremendous season.

10. Cal

Cal will look to improve on its tenth-place finish in the Pac last season with a new head coach. Sam Crosson is the new boss in Berkeley, heading to the East Bay after taking Cal Poly to the NCAA Tournament last season.

11. Arizona State

A veteran squad in the desert could win a few big games, but in a conference as talented as the Pac-12, expect ASU to get lost in the wash.

12. Oregon State

The Beavs are coming off an absolutely disastrous season. A 10-2 start to the season was quickly followed by a 1-19 conference record. Oregon State is likely years away from competing for a Pac-12 crown.