In its first year in the WAC, Utah Valley was picked to finish third by coaches in the preseason poll, with Wolverines Brookelyn Hall and Lauren Stringham selected to the preseason all-conference team.
UVU, which finished 18-9 during its championship run in the Great West Conference last season, came in third in the poll with 44 points. New Mexico State was picked to win the conference, while Idaho was chosen to finish second. Seattle U picked to finish fourth, while Bakersfield, Kansas City, Texas-Pan American, Grand Canyon and Chicago State rounded out the poll.
Hall and Stringham each earned first team all-conference honors in the Great West last year. Stringham was named freshman of the year, leading the GWC in total blocks (148), block assists (136) and block per set average (1.45) in 2012.