Winthrop volleyball projected to finish 7th in Big South

Posted July 30, 2013 4:09 pm | Filed under Sports
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CHARLOTTE, NC – The Winthrop volleyball team has been predicted to finish seventh in the upcoming Big South season as voted by the league’s head coaches.

The seventh-place prediction is the lowest a Winthrop volleyball team has been predicted since 1995 when the Eagles were predicted to finish eighth out of eight teams.

The Eagles finished last season with a 14-16 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the Big South and fell to Presbyterian in the first round of the conference tournament.

First-year head coach Bruce Atkinson has only one player returning from last season, sophomore Rachel Lenz, and will feature 14 newcomers.

Winthrop will open its season Aug. 30-31 when it hosts the Winthrop Classic featuring Tennessee Tech, Fordham and Savannah State.

Liberty was predicted to finish first, garnering eight first-place votes with Costal Carolina predicted to finish second. Liberty’s Carolina Douglas was voted as the Preseason Player of the Year.

2013 Big South Conference Preseason Volleyball Poll

Rk Team (first-place votes) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points
1. Liberty (8) 8 2 — — — — — — — — 98
2. Coastal Carolina (2) 2 8 — — — — — — — — 92
3. High Point — — 8 2 — — — — — — 78
4. UNC Asheville — — 1 — 4 4 1 — — — 56
5. Presbyterian College — — — 6 1 — — 1 1 1 54
6. Radford — — — 2 2 2 4 — — — 52
7. Winthrop — — 1 — 3 2 1 2 1 — 47
8. Gardner-Webb — — — — — 2 2 2 4 — 32
T-9. Campbell — — — — — — 1 2 3 4 20
T-9. Charleston Southern — — — — — — 1 3 1 5 20

Preseason All-Conference Team
Caroline Douglas, R-So., MB, Liberty
Kindra Bailey, Sr., MB, Coastal Carolina
Jade Craycraft, Sr., S, Liberty
Gabriella Horvath, So., OH, Coastal Carolina
Anna Moore, Sr., MB, UNC Asheville
Kristin Heldt, Jr., OH, High Point
Annemarie Chin, So., LIB, High Point

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