Appalachian State University volleyball has been picked to finish seventh in the Sun Belt by the league's coaches, as announced by the conference office on Monday.




UALR was picked to finish at the top of the league this season after placing third in the standings with a 12-6 conference record in 2013. The Trojans received four first-place votes for a total of 110 points.


Texas State, who placed second in the Sun Belt last season, was picked to place second again, notching three first-place votes and a total of 99 points. Longtime Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern was tabbed third with 95 points.


Following the Eagles in fourth-place was UT Arlington (83 points), South Alabama in fifth-place (73 points) and UL Lafayette in sixth (63 points).


In their inaugural season in the Sun Belt the Mountaineers were picked to place seventh, tallying 62 points. They were followed by Arkansas State (58 points), Troy (41 points), Georgia State (28 points) and UL Monroe (11 points).


The top eight teams at the end of regular season will travel to the 2014 Sun Belt tournament in San Marcos, Texas on Nov. 26-30, hosted by Texas State. App State kicks off its season on Friday, Aug. 29 when they host the Appalachian Invitational at the Holmes Center.


SBC Volleyball Preseason Poll (First-Place Votes)


1. UALR (4) 110

2. Texas State (3) 99

3. Georgia Southern (2) 95

4. UT Arlington 83

5. South Alabama (1) 76

6. UL Lafayette (1) 63

7. Appalachian State 62

8. Arkansas State 58

9. Troy 41

10. Georgia State 28

11. UL Monroe 11


Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference Team


Edina Begic, UALR

Mechell Daniel, South Alabama

Sonja Milanovic, UALR

Jamie DeRatt, Georgia Southern

Andrea Hole, UL Lafayette

Kym Coley, Georgia Southern

Marija Zelenovic, Troy

Deidra Bohannon, Georgia State


Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Edina Begic, UALR


Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Marcela Araya, UL Monroe


Preseason Setter of the Year

Caylin Mahoney, Texas State