OGDEN -- Weber State's young volleyball squad has a climb ahead of it.
In a vote by the league's head volleyball coaches, Portland State was picked to win the 2013 Big Sky Conference title.
Weber State was tabbed 10th. The poll was released on Tuesday by the league. The coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.
Portland State received seven first-place votes for a total of 95 points. The Vikings are looking to defend their regular-season title after going 17-3 in 2012. PSU was the No. 1 seed in Greeley, Colo., and fell to host UNC 3-0 in the semifinals.
PSU will host the 2013 championship in Portland, Ore., Nov. 29-30. The six-team tournament will play four matches on Friday, with the championship match played on Saturday.
Idaho State was picked to finish second with two first-place votes and 83 points. ISU defeated Northern Arizona in the semifinals of the conference tournament, but lost to host Northern Colorado 3-2 in the championship match. Idaho State finished the regular-season 23-8 overall and 16-4 in league play.
Defending conference champion Northern Colorado was picked third by the coaches with 75 points. The Bears finished the season 24-11 overall and 14-6 in the conference. NC was the fourth seed at the Big Sky Championship and defeated North Dakota, Portland State and Idaho State to win the tournament. The Bears lost to No. 3 Oregon in the NCAA Championship.
North Dakota was picked fourth with 74 points. UND finished the season 15-17 overall and 10-10 in the league to make it to their first Big Sky championship.
Northern Arizona is picked fifth by the coaches with 59 points, and two first-place votes. NAU is led by first-year coach Ken Murphy.
The Lumberjacks finished just three points ahead of sixth place Eastern Washington, which finished the season 5-26 overall and 5-15 in the league play.
Rounding out the poll was Sacramento State (7th, 49 points), Montana State (8th, 37), Southern Utah (9th, 28), Weber State (10th, 26) and Montana (11th, 23).
The Wildcats will kick off their third season under coach Tom Peterson on Aug. 30 at the Wildcat Invitational, a five-team tournament hosted at Swenson Gym.
The first conference match will be played Sept. 19.