A-Sun Releases 2011 Volleyball Preseason Poll
MACON, Ga. – As the 2011 volleyball season approaches, the Atlantic Sun Conference released its preseason coaches' poll and preseason awards today with USC Upstate in the 10th spot as announced by the conference office.
After winning back-to-back regular season and tournament titles, Lipscomb took top honors in the preseason rankings, tallying three first-place votes and 85 points. The Lady Bisons were also predicted to be the 2011 A-Sun Tournament Champions, earning four votes.
Kennesaw State was tabbed to finish second in regular-season play with 79 points and two first-place votes. Belmont took third, while Florida Gulf Coast and ETSU earned fourth and fifth, respectively. All of the top five collected first-place votes with FGCU (72 points) receiving two votes, while Belmont (77) and ETSU (68) garnered one vote each.
Jacksonville (49) claimed sixth in the coaches' poll, while Mercer (45) followed in seventh. North Florida (44), Stetson (17) and Upstate (14) rounded out the 2011 preseason rankings.
Belmont's Maggie Johnson was chosen as the A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year, while FGCU's Holly Youngquist was named the league's Preseason Libero of the Year.
The Spartans open the 2011 volleyball season on the road at the Marriott Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, Va., facing Western Carolina Aug. 26 at 4:30 p.m. Follow the Spartans this season on Facebook and Twitter.
Preseason Player of the Year: Maggie Johnson, Belmont
Preseason Libero of the Year: Holly Youngquist, FGCU
Preseason All-Atlantic Sun Team^
Pos. Name School Cl.
*OH Paige Pridgeon North Florida Jr.
OH Maggie Johnson Belmont Sr.
OH Megan Devine ETSU So.
OH Jelena Simic FGCU Sr.
MB Katie Rose Lipscomb Sr.
OH Alyssa Lang Kennesaw State Sr.
L Holly Youngquist FGCU Sr.
L Charlotte Harris Mercer Sr.
^A tie in voting resulted in an eight-person all-conference team
2011 A-Sun Preseason Volleyball Coaches' Poll
Pl. Team (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Lipscomb (3) 85
2. Kennesaw State (2) 79
3. Belmont (1) 77
4. FGCU (2) 72
5. ETSU (1) 68
6. Jacksonville 49
7. Mercer 45
8. North Florida 44
9. Stetson 17
10. USC Upstate 14
Predicted 2011 Tournament Champions: Lipscomb (four votes)