While optimism abounds within the Colorado volleyball program going into the second season under coach Jesse Mahoney, the Buffaloes didn't generate much respect in the preseason poll of Pac-12 Conference coaches.

Released on Wednesday, the Buffs were voted No. 9 with 38 points, well behind No. 8 Arizona's 51 points. CU finished ninth last year with a 6-14 league mark, losing nine of its final 11 matches.

Defending champ Washington again was tabbed as the preseason favorite, collecting eight of 12 first-place votes to edge defending national champion Stanford 118-113. The Cardinal received three first-pace votes, and the top five was rounded out by Oregon, Utah (one first-place vote), and UCLA.

USC and Washington State came in at six and seven, with Oregon State, Cal, and 12th-place Arizona State trailing the Buffs.

Saturday scrimmage

The Buffs host their annual Black & Gold scrimmage Saturday at the Coors Events Center. The intrasquad game will be the first athletics event featuring the arena's new 700-square foot LED video board installed this summer.

The scrimmage begins at 3 p.m. with the doors opening at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free, as is parking in the garage just north of the arena.



No CU player was named to the Pac-12's preseason all-league team...The Buffs are spending this week training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs...CU opens the season against Northwestern State on Aug. 25 at the Oklahoma Invitational. The Buffs play Seton Hall and the host Sooners the following day and host their home opener Sept. 2 against Wake Forest and Rice in the Omni Invitational...Colorado State, which the Buffs visit on Sept. 16, was picked to win the Mountain West Conference in the league's preseason coaches poll. The Rams collected eight of 11 first-place votes to outscore No. 2 San Diego State 98-93.

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