Aug. 7, 2006
Irvine, Calif. - The Cal State Fullerton volleyball team placed fifth in the annual Preseason Coaches Poll conducted by the Irvine-based Big West Conference office Monday morning.
The Titans earned 29 of a possible 64 points, placing behind Long Beach State, Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara and Pacific.
The Titans are coming off a 14-15 overall record and a fifth-place finish in the Big West in 2005, while posting a winning percentage of .491 (28-29) over the last two seasons, the best back-to-back mark in the school's history.
Head Coach Carolyn Zimmerman, in her fifth season, returns four starters to the floor including All-Big Westers Brittany Moore (So., OH/MB, Orange, Calif.) and Vanessa Vella (Jr., L, Castro Valley, Calif.), and will bring in an experienced transfer in Mounia Nihipali (Jr., OH, Honolulu, Hawaii) from Frsno State. Freshman Alex Wolnisty (6-5, MB, Woodcrest Christian HS, Riverside, Calif.), Kellyanne Kirby (5-11, OH, Bonita HS, LaVerne, Calif.), Deven Bukoski (5-11, OH, Kamehameha Schools, Kula, Hawaii) and Cari Bailey (5-8, S, Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) will look to make a splash in their first seasons to help the Titans to their first winning season since 1996.
The Titans begin their season on Friday, August 25 against Villanova at the Long Beach State Tournament. First serve is set for 5 p.m.
2006 Big West Conference Coaches Poll
1. Long Beach State, 61 (6)
2. Cal Poly, 54 (1)
3. UC Santa Barbara, 51 (1)
4. Pacific, 34
5. Cal State Fullerton, 29
6. UC Irvine, 24
7. Cal State Northridge, 23
8. UC Riverside, 12