ASU Volleyball Second in Preseason Poll

Published Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

Aug. 16, 2012. Appalachian State University volleyball was picked to finish second in the Southern Conference North Division when the league released its annual preseason coaches’ poll on Wednesday.

Lauren Gray and a number of other talented young players will look to help the Mountaineers to a Southern Conference title in 2012. Photo by Dave Mayo and courtesy of Appalachian Sports Information

The Mountaineers, who finished last season in second place in the North, received a total of two first-place votes behind division-favorite and defending SoCon Tournament champion Samford, which received 10 first-place nods. Elon tallied 41 points as it was selected to finish third.

UNCG was picked to finish fourth while Chattanooga and Western Carolina finished in a fifth-place tie.

In the South Division, defending regular-season champion College of Charleston was picked first with six first-place votes to finish just two total points ahead of Furman, which received three first-place votes. Georgia Southern followed closely behind with three first-place nods of its own.

The bottom half of the South was rounded out by Davidson, Wofford and The Citadel.

In addition to the preseason coaches poll the conference also announced the preseason all-SoCon team with Samford tallying a league-high three selections while Furman notched two preseason honors of its own.

All 12 SoCon volleyball squads begin their seasons next weekend in regular-season tournament action around the country and conference play begins on Sept. 20.

App State opens its season at the James Madison Days Inn Invitational Aug. 24-25 and will host North Carolina A&T in the home-opener at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18.

2012 SoCon Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll 

 

School (First-Place Votes)

Total Points

 

North

 

1.

Samford (10)

65

2.

Appalachian State (2)

48

3.

Elon

41

4.

UNCG

38

5.

Chattanooga

27

 

Western Carolina

27

 

 

 

 

South

 

1.

College of Charleston (6)

59

2.

Furman (3)

57

3.

Georgia Southern (3)

52

4.

Davidson

36

5.

Wofford

26

6.

The Citadel

16

2012 Preaseason all-SoCon Team 

Name

School

Position

Elizabeth Neisler

Samford

OH

Lauren Hutchinson

Samford

MB

Kate Van Dyke

Georgia Southern

S

Sloane White

College of Charleston

MB/RS

Natalie Braun

Furman

OH

Katie Murphy

Samford

MB

Caroline Brown

Davidson

OH

Carolina Adams

Furman

MB

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