The UC Irvine women's volleyball team received votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. preseason poll for the second straight season.
The Anteaters collected 24 points. They spent nine weeks in the AVCA poll last season, ranking as high as No. 18.
UCI, led by senior outside hitters Kari Pestolesi and Juliane Piggott, who were both All-West Region and All-Big West Conference honorees last season, finished 22-8 in 2009. Coach Paula Weishoff's squad was 11-5 in the Big West Conference, in which it finished tied for second.
The Anteaters are scheduled to open the season Aug. 27 at Washington State.
— From staff reports
'Eaters picked fifth
UC Irvine has been picked to finish fifth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's water polo coaches' preseason poll announced Monday.
The Anteaters collected 32 points to sit behind Cal (58), UCLA (55), Stanford (54) and USC (44), respectively, in the nine-team conference.