The Cal Poly volleyball team was picked sixth in Wednesday’s Big West preseason coaches’ poll, down a spot from where the Mustangs finished last season.
Cal Poly underwent an eight-win improvement from the previous campaign with a 12-17 record last season — head coach Sam Crosson’s second at the helm.
The Mustangs return three starters and welcome a freshman class ranked 23rd in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com.
Hawaii was picked first (77 points) followed by Long Beach State (68), UC Santa Barbara (63), Cal State Northridge (60), UC Irvine (42), Cal Poly (34), UC Davis (25), Cal State Fullerton (24) and UC Riverside (12).
Former UC Davis standout joins Cal Poly as running coach
Former UC Davis standout Priscilla Bayley has been chosen as the new assistant cross country and track coach for the Mustangs.
Bayley, who most recently served as a coach and recruiting coordinator at Harvard, was an all-conference runner with the Aggies, making it to the 2002 NCAA meet.
She joined the coaching ranks in 2006 with the Buffalo Chips Running Team in Sacramento before stints at Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s. Bayley helped Harvard win back-to-back indoor Ivy League track and field titles as well as an outdoor championship this past year.
Ex-Mustangs coach Harter selected to national running Hall of Fame
Lance Harter was one of six coaches inducted into the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and will be honored at an induction ceremony Dec. 15 in Phoenix.
Harter led both the cross country and track and field teams at Cal Poly from 1979 to 1990, winning 13 total NCAA Division II team championships.
Harter, who was inducted into the Cal Poly Hall of Fame in 2004, left the Mustangs in 1990 to coach the Arkansas women’s program, where he remains.
Dzubnar earns College Sports Madness All-American football nod
Cal Poly senior linebacker Nick Dzubnar has been named an FCS preseason first team All-American by College Sports Madness.
An All-Big Sky preseason team selection, Dzubnar has led the Mustangs in tackles each of the past two seasons, including 112 last year.