Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Volleyball picked second
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 08/14/2012
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DENVER - The Idaho volleyball team was picked second in the 2012 Western Athletic Conference preseason coaches' poll, and two Vandals were selected to the preseason All-WAC team, the conference announced Tuesday.

Idaho senior middle blocker Alex Sele and junior outside hitter Allison (Walker) Baker were selected to the preseason All-WAC team. Sele was a second-team All-WAC pick in 2011 after averaging 1.77 kills and 1.08 blocks per game while hitting .283 for the season. Baker, a two-time first-team All-WAC selection, led the WAC in conference matches with 4.31 kills per game and hit .212.

"The two kids on that team, Alex and Allison, when they're playing their game, they're going to be pretty hard to stop," Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. "We have a couple other kids who are that way too who maybe didn't get recognized. We're pretty excited for the year and for things to get going."

The Vandals went 10-4 in the WAC last year and finished tied for second with New Mexico State, which was picked to win the league in 2012. The Aggies received eight first-place votes in the poll and 79 points overall, while Idaho got the other two top votes and 67 points overall.

"It's great anytime our program is recognized," Buchanan said. "We don't want second but it's awesome that we're picked near the top, it shows where our program has come and the things that we're doing - now we have to back that."

WAC newcomer UTSA was picked third, just ahead of Utah State and Texas State. Denver was picked fifth, San Jose State sixth, and UT Arlington, Seattle U and Louisiana Tech rounded out the poll.

New Mexico State sophomore Meredith Hays was selected as the preseason Player of the Year.

2012 WAC Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

Team                             

Points

1

New Mexico State (8)

79

2

Idaho (2)

67

3

UTSA

58

4

Utah State

57

5

Texas State

52

6

Denver

43

7

San Jose State

34

8

UT Arlington

27

9

Seattle U

18

10

Louisiana Tech

15



2012 Preseason All-WAC Team

Player

Yr.

Pos.

School

McKenzie Adams

Jr.

OH/MB

UTSA

Alex Akana

Sr.

MB

San Jose State

Amari Deardorff

Jr.

RS

Texas State

Meredith Hays

So.

OH

NM State

Faimie Kingsley

Sr.

MB

Denver

Lauren Loerch

Jr.

OH

NM State

Desiree Scott

Jr.

MH

NM State

Alex Sele

Sr.

MB

Idaho

Shay Sorensen

Sr.

OPP

Utah State

Allison Walker

Jr.

OH

Idaho

Whitney Walls

Sr.

RS

UTSA

Joselyn White

Sr.

OH

Utah State


Preseason Player of the Year
Meredith Hays, So., New Mexico State

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