Ingram Named WAC's Top Defender; Spartans Picked Third By Coaches

Denver, Colo.-----After a stellar sophomore season in which she was named the 2009 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Defender of the Year, San Jose State University's Jessica Ingram was chosen as the conference's pre-season Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of nine coaches.

            Ingram, a 2009 first-team All-WAC choice from San Jose, also was the only San Jose State player named to the 11-player preseason all-conference team.

            The nine coaches were divided among the WAC's top team going into the 2010 season. Regular season champion San Jose State (11-6-3, 5-1-2 WAC) finished third in the balloting with 40 points. Boise State garnered six of the nine first-place votes, but finished second in the overall balloting with 58 points. Utah State, second to the Spartans in the 2009 regular season standings, picked up three first-place votes and 59 points for the top spot in the ballot.

            Utah State's Shantel Flanary was picked as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

            San Jose State begins its 2010 season, Friday, August 20 at the University of San Francisco in a 4:00 p.m. non-conference contest. The first home match in Spartan Stadium is Friday, August 27, against Sacramento State at 7:00 p.m.

2010 Western Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. Utah State (3) 59
2. Boise State (6) 58
3. San Jose State 40
4. Nevada 36
5. Fresno State 35
6. Hawai'i 30
7. Idaho 28
8. New Mexico State 26
9. Louisiana Tech 12