JONESBORO, Ark. (8/18/14) – The Arkansas State volleyball team was picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll selected by the Sun Belt Conference coaches, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
The Red Wolves received 58 points after registering a 9-9 SBC record (T-5th) and advancing to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament semifinals a season ago to finish four points behind SBC newcomer and seventh-place selection Appalachian State. Louisiana-Lafayette finished just five points ahead of the Red Wolves in sixth place with 63 points and one first-place vote.
UALR was picked atop the poll with 110 points and four first-place votes while the SBC representative in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Texas State, was second with 99 points and three first-place votes. Rounding out the top five were 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Georgia Southern (95), UT Arlington (83), and South Alabama (76).
Following the Red Wolves in ninth place was Troy was 41 points, while Georgia State (28) and ULM (11) were the final two teams in the poll.
Arkansas State opens the 2014 season Friday Aug. 29 at the George Washington Invitational against host George Washington at 9 a.m., followed by an afternoon match against North Dakota at 4 p.m.
2014 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll (first-place votes in parentheses)
1. UALR (4) - 110 points
2. Texas State (3) - 99 points
3. Georgia Southern (2) - 95 points
4. UT Arlington - 83 points
5. South Alabama (1) - 76 points
6. UL Lafayette (1) - 63 points
7. Appalachian State - 62 points
8. Arkansas State - 58 points
9. Troy - 41 points
10. Georgia State - 28 points
11. UL Monroe - 11 points
2013 Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference Team
Edina Begic, UALR
Mechell Daniel, South Alabama
Sonja Milanovic, UALR
Jamie DeRatt, Georgia Southern
Caylin Mahoney, Texas State
Andrea Hole, UL Lafayette
Kym Coley, Georgia Southern
Marija Zelenovic, Troy
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Edina Begic, UALR
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Marcela Araya, UL Monroe
Preseason Setter of the YearCaylin Mahoney, Texas State