Woodland, Calif.-----Playing in the nation's number-one women's water polo conference, San Jose State University is picked to finish sixth out of eight teams in the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) preseason coaches' poll.
The Spartans, 17-14 and tied for sixth in the MPSF last year, return All-America field players Adriana Vogt, a senior, and junior Dani Curran, and goalkeeper Meagan Minson. The Spartans' top-two offensive threats have 159 and 118 career goals, respectively. Minson made 249 saves in her second season as San Jose State's number-one goalkeeper.
All eight MPSF teams had winning records in 2010. Southern California, the defending NCAA champion, is picked second behind preseason favorite Stanford. UCLA and Cal, two more of the eight teams that joined Stanford and USC for last year's NCAA Championship, are picked, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Hawai'i, third with a first-place vote; Arizona State, seventh; and San Diego State, eighth, round out the poll.
San Jose State opens its season, Saturday, January 22, in the two-day, four-match Michigan Kick-Off in Ann Arbor, Mich.
2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Water Polo Coaches' Poll
1. Stanford - 26-3 (6) 47
2. Southern California - 25-3 (1) 43
3. Hawaii - 18-8 (1) 35
4. UCLA - 22-8 34
5. California - 26-9 26
6. San Jose State - 17-14 14
7. Arizona State - 16-15 13
8. San Diego State - 21-15 12
2010 overall record next to university name
First-place votes in parentheses