(HAWAII ATHLETICS) - The University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team was picked to finish second behind defending champion, Cal Poly in the 2018 Big West Preseason Coaches Poll. The Mustangs received 77 points and five first place votes, while Hawai'i securing the remaining four first place votes and 75 total points.
UCI Irvine was picked to finish in third place with 62 points while Long Beach State garnered 48 points for fourth. UC Santa Barbara was close behind with 45 points for fifth place. UC Davis secured sixth with 38 points, followed by CSUN in seventh with 30 points, UC Riverside in eighth with 18 points and Cal State Fullerton getting 12 points.
The Rainbow Wahine are on a quest to capture its fifth conference title in seven years, and first under second-year head coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos. Last year she guided the 'Bows to a 20-8 overall record and 14-2 conference mark and advanced to the program's 36th NCAA Tournament. It 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.
Hawai'i returns 10 letterwinners and one redshirt and welcomes in three senior transfers and two freshmen into the fold. The 'Bows will be led by 2017 All-Big West first teamers senior outside hitter McKenna Granato and junior setter NoreneIosia.
2018 Big West Women's Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll