Volleyball ranked No. 5 by AVCA

The volleyball team will begin its season ranked No. 5 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) top 25 poll.

Rich Luenemann and his team will begin the season ranked No. 5 nationally.

Head coach Rich Luenemann led WUSTL to a 32-7 overall record last year, winning the University Athletic Association (UAA) championship and advancing to the NCAA Division III regional finals. The Bears count three returning starters and their libero among 10 returning letterwinners in 2009. WUSTL opens the season Tuesday, Sept. 1, against Harris-Stowe State University at home.

Women’s soccer ranked No. 8

The women’s soccer team is ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA/adidas preseason top 25 poll.

Head coach Jim Conlon led the Bears to a 15-4-2 overall record and a third-straight University Athletic Association (UAA) championship in his first season. The Bears also qualified for the NCAA tournament and advanced to the NCAA sectional round.

WUSTL returns 18 letterwinners and five starters from last year’s squad, which posted a seventh straight winning season. Washington University takes the field for its 2009 season opener at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, against Illinois Wesleyan University at home.

Football picked second in conference

The Bears were picked second in the 2009 University Athletic Association (UAA) preseason coaches’ poll.

Case Western Reserve University will start the 2009 season as the favorite to defend its UAA championship. Eight-time UAA champion WUSTL was the coaches’ pick to finish second. WUSTL opens the 2009 season at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at home against Greenville College.

Kaupp assistant swimming, diving coach

Athletics director John Schael announced the hiring of Nicole Kaupp as assistant men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach.

Kaupp spent the past three seasons at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and the last year as the interim head coach. This past season, Kaupp earned Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Coach of the Year honors.

Imergoot memorial service Sept. 13

A memorial service for Lynn Imergoot, associate director of intramurals and club sports and former women’s tennis coach, has been set for 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at Graham Chapel.

Imergoot passed away July 24 from injuries sustained in a car accident in New York. She retired from 30 years of coaching the women’s tennis team in 2005 and continued working in the intramural office. Imergoot spent a total of 37 years at WUSTL.