The South Atlantic Conference Announces 2019 Women's Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll and All-Conference Teams

The South Atlantic Conference Announces 2019 Women's Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll and All-Conference Teams

ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – For the 14thconsecutive year, Wingate, is selected to win the South Atlantic Conference with 10 first-place votes and 131 points, according to the 2019 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll. 

The Bulldogs went 32-2 overall in the 2018 regular season, including 19-1 in the SAC, winning the regular season title and the SAC Volleyball Championship. The Bulldogs then won the NCAA Division ll Southeast Regional Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Division II National Quarterfinals in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Anderson, coming in at No.2 in the poll, collected the remaining first-place votes and 121 total points. The Trojans finished off the 2018 season with a record of 28-6 overall and 17-3 in conference play. Like Wingate, they too earned a bid to the NCAA Division ll Southeast Region Championship last season.

Tied at No. 3 with 104 total points, are Lincoln Memorial and Carson-Newman. The Railsplitters took third place in the regular season going 20-10 overall in 2018. They landed in the SAC Volleyball Championship against Wingate, falling just short of the title. They also made an appearance in the NCAA Division ll Southeast Regional. The Eagles took fifth place in the regular season at 16-13 overall and 11-9 conference play. 

Queens grabs the No. 5 spot with 90 total points, not far behind in No. 6 is Lenoir-Rhyne, coming in at 87 points and Mars Hill with 67 points at No. 7.

With another tie Tusculum and Catawba take the No. 8 spot, each with a total of 51 points. Coker holds the No. 10 spot with 49 points, Newberry with 46 points at No. 11 and UVa-Wise closes out this years' coaches' poll at No. 12 with 23 total points.

Accompanying the release of the preseason poll was the announcement of the 2019 SAC Volleyball Preseason All-Conference teams. Selected by the league's media relations directors, the preseason all-conference teams feature three players from both Anderson and Queens, two players from Lincoln Memorial, Carson-Newman and Lenoir-Rhyne and a single player from Wingate, Coker, Mars Hill, Newberry and UVa-Wise. 

The 2019 SAC Women's Volleyball season will commence on September 6, with all SAC teams making their debuts.

2019 Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

School (First Place Votes)

Points

1.

Wingate (10)

131

2.

Anderson (2)

121

T-3.

Lincoln Memorial

104

T-3.

Carson-Newman

104

5.

Queens

90

6.

Lenoir-Rhyne

87

7.

Mars Hill

67

T-8.

Tusculum

51

T-8.

Catawba

51

10.

Coker

49

11.

Newberry

46

12.

UVa-Wise

23

 2019 SAC VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE

First Team

Emily Conlin, Anderson
Rachel Alles, Wingate
Rylee Storms, Lincoln Memorial
Taylor du Bray, Coker
Casey Tarvin, Queens
Sally Anne Johnson, Mars Hill
Hailee Wilhelm, Anderson 
Morgan Ballard, Carson-Newman (L)

Second Team

Megan Oldenburger, Carson-Newman
Zoe Dinkins, Newberry
Taylor Prall, Lenoir-Rhyne
Regan Duty, Anderson 
Logan Witt, Queens 
Jaclyn Denny, Lenoir-Rhyne
Emily Walter, Lincoln Memorial
Ciara Kain, UVa-Wise
Jaycee Jones, Queens (L)

 

 

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