BYU chosen second in MPSF Preseason Poll

(Photo by Kylea Knecht/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – The BYU men’s volleyball team collected 134 points and two of the 13 possible first-place votes to take the No. 2 spot in the 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

UC Irvine finished in the top spot with 143 points and 11 first-place votes. The nine-point separation (143-134) between UCI and BYU ties for the second largest gap between the top-two teams in the history of the poll, while the first-place vote difference of nine (11-2) is the largest ever.

The Cougars are coming off a 24-win season last year and a second-place tie in the MPSF. BYU returns all-conference honorees Russ Lavaja, Josue Rivera and Taylor Sander. The team consists of eight talented newcomers to compliment a core of 12 returning players.

BYU's 2013 season begins Jan. 4 when the Cougars welcome Hawaii to the Smith Fieldhouse. 

Rank Team Points (First-Place Votes) 2011 Record 2012 MPSF Finish
1 UC Irvine 143 (11) 26-5 Overall; 17-5 MPSF #4 (MPSF/NCAA Champion)
2 BYU 134 (2) 24-7 Overall; 17-5 MPSF #2T (MPSF Semifinal)
3 Pepperdine 113 14-14 Overall; 9-13 MPSF #7 (MPSF Quarterfinal)
4 Stanford 110 22-5 Overall; 17-5 MPSF #2T (MPSF Final)
5 UCLA 94 22-8 Overall; 16-6 MPSF #5 (MPSF Quarterfinal)
6 Long Beach State 85 15-15 Overall; 10-12 MPSF #6 (MPSF Quarterfinal)
7 USC 83 24-6 Overall; 18-4 MPSF #1 (MPSF/NCAA Finals)
8 CS Northridge 61 12-18 Overall; 8-14 MPSF #8 (MPSF Quarterfinal)
9 UC Santa Barbara 55 7-19 Overall; 5-17 MPSF #10T
10 Cal Baptist 49 12-16 Overall;1st Year MPSF N/A
11 Pacific 35 8-20 Overall; 5-17 MPSF #10T
12 Hawaii 30 7-20 Overall; 4-18 MPSF #12
13 UC San Diego 22 9-19 Overall; 6-16 MPSF #9

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