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ASU Tabbed Second in Preseason Poll PDF Print
Written by Ryan Bower   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:58

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. 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

 


Photo Courtesy: Lauren Gray, ASU Athletics

 

  
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