Volleyball Team Tabbed For Fourth Place in MEC Preseason poll

Volleyball Team Tabbed For Fourth Place in MEC Preseason poll

BRIDGEPORT – The West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team was tabbed for fourth place in the MEC Preseason poll that was released today by the MEC.

The Lady Bobcats of head coach Jackie Hinton received 89 points.
 
Wesleyan finished in a tie for third place last season in the MEC with a 12-4 record.
 
Wheeling Jesuit was overwhelmingly picked to repeat as Mountain East Conference in the vote that was conducted by the league's coaches.

The Cardinals received a maximum of 121 points that included 11 first-place votes. WJU went 38-6 and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals where it lost to the eventual national champion Concordia. Makenzie Ripley, a first team All-MEC performer last season, returns along with the league's Freshman of the Year Haley Kindall and Kayce Krucki, a second team All-MEC performer. WJU is ranked 17th in the initial American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll.

Fairmont State was picked to finish second with 108 points and received the other first-place vote. The Falcons graduated two first team all-conference selections, but bring back two others in libero Tiff Smathers and setter Tabbie Bias. FSU was runner-up to Wheeling Jesuit in the regular season and at the conference tournament in 2013.

Charleston, under first year head coach Jenna Brown, finished third with 93 points, followed by West Virginia Wesleyan (89) and Shepherd (85). Concord checked in at sixth with 61 points, in front of West Liberty (59) and West Virginia State (51). Urbana was ninth with 48 points, Notre Dame and UVa-Wise tied for 10th with 31 points, and Glenville State completed the poll with 15 points.

The 2014 regular season for West Virginia Wesleyan gets underway on Friday, Sept. 5 when they travel to the I.U.P Tournament.

 

2014 MEC Volleyball Preseason Poll

1.

Wheeling Jesuit (11)

121

2.

Fairmont State

108

3.

Charleston

93

4.

West Virginia Wesleyan

89

5.

Shepherd

85

6.

Concord

61

7.

West Liberty

59

8.

West Virginia State

51

9.

Urbana

48

10. (t)

UVa-Wise

31

10. (t)

Notre Dame

31

12.

Glenville State

15

() Indicates first place votes
* Coaches not able to vote for own team