Rock Hill, S.C. – The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team was picked to finish sixth in the 2009 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, the league announced today.
Wingate, the three-time defending SAC Regular Season Champions, was selected to four-peat. The Bulldogs are 30-0 against league opponents the last two seasons and received eight of the nine first-place votes.
L-R was tied for sixth in the poll with Tusculum.
Senior outside hitter Kassi Henry (Denver, N.C.) earned All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason Second-Team honors. Henry averaged 2.25 kills per game, second-best on the team, last year to go along with 79 digs and 51 total blocks.
Lenoir-Rhyne (15-19 in 2008) opens the season on Thursday, August 27, at home against King (Tenn.) beginning at 7 p.m.
2009 SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
VOLLEYBALL COACHES POLL
1. Wingate (8) - 80
2. Carson-Newman - 64
3. Lincoln Memorial - 63
4. Catawba - 53
5. Newberry (1) - 42
6. Lenoir-Rhyne - 36
6. (tie) Tusculum - 36
8. Mars Hill - 16
9. Brevard - 15
(first-place vote in parenthesis)
2009 VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON
ALL-SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE TEAMS
Brooke Seaman, Brevard
Carly Mozgai, Carson-Newman
Katie Troyer, Carson-Newman
Amanda Horenkamp, Lincoln Memorial
Lorena Maia, Newberry
Stormi Gale, Wingate
Liz Willis, Wingate
Maggie Malone, Wingate (Libero)
Stephanie Cutter, Carson-Newman
Mai Zoua Lo, Catawba
Kassi Henry, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kodi Cartwright, Lincoln Memorial
Fernanda Frey, Newberry
Peyton Colclough, Tusculum
Lauren Billo, Wingate
Alicia MacIntyre, Lincoln Memorial (Libero)