Volleyball Team Tabbed for Sixth in MEC Preseason Poll

Volleyball Team Tabbed for Sixth in MEC Preseason Poll

BRIDGEPORT -- Wheeling Jesuit has been picked by the coaches in the Mountain East Conference to win its third-straight league title in volleyball.

The Cardinals finished atop the poll with 121 points and 11 first-place votes. WJU, which has yet to lose a MEC match in the regular or postseason, returns several key players from last year's Elite Eight squad, including the reigning MEC Player of the Year Andrea Thobe. Wheeling Jesuit also enters the 2015 season ranked ninth in the country in the AVCA preseason poll.

Fairmont State, the league's runner-up in each of the last two seasons, is picked to finish second behind WJU with 103 points and had the remaining first-place vote. Shepherd is picked third with 92 points, followed by Urbana (82) and West Liberty (70).

Concord and West Virginia Wesleyan tied for sixth in the poll with 60 points, with Charleston (58), UVa-Wise (56) and Notre Dame (54) narrowly behind. West Virginia State (25) and Glenville State (11) rounded out the poll.

2015 MEC Volleyball
Preseason Poll
1. Wheeling Jesuit (11) 121
2. Fairmont State (1) 103
3. Shepherd 92
4. Urbana 82
5. West Liberty 70
T6. Concord 60
T6. West Virginia Wesleyan 60
8. Charleston 58
9. UVa-Wise 56
10. Notre Dame 54
11. West Virginia State 25
12. Glenville State 11
() Indicates first place votes
* Coaches not able to vote for own team