Auburn Volleyball picked 2nd in SEC West

The Auburn volleyball team was picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference Western Division by the league's head coaches. The selection is Auburn's best preseason ranking in the last decade.

"This is a good spot for this team at the start of the season," head coach Wade Benson said. "Our goal is to win the SEC West this year and, with the amount of depth we have on the team, we have our goals set in place for coming out on top."

The 2010 squad is comprised of five seniors, three juniors, five sophomores, three redshirt freshmen and six freshmen this season. The team is coming off a successful 2009 season that saw the squad finish 16-15 overall and 8-12 in the conference, closing out in second in the SEC West. Last year's finish was the best for any Auburn team in a decade.

Tennessee was selected to win the SEC title this season. This marks the first time since 1994 that a different team has been voted to capture the title, ending a 16-year run by the Florida Gators. Florida was chosen to finish second in the SEC East followed by Kentucky, Georgia and South Carolina.

For the third-straight season, defending SEC Champion LSU was picked to win the West. Auburn was selected second with Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama rounding out the poll.

Points were compiled on a 1-2-3-4-5-6 basis for the Western Division and 1-2-3-4-5 for the Eastern Division. Each coach is not allowed to vote for his or her own team and each coach also voted for one team as an overall conference champion.

Auburn opens the 2010 season with the annual War Eagle Invitational, Aug. 27-28. The Tigers kick off the tournament with a 7 p.m. match against Troy on Aug. 27 at the Student Activities Center.