August 22, 2007
SAC Coaches Pick Volleyball Third in Pre-Season Poll
ROCK HILL, SC -- Defending co-champion Wingate University, which has made three trips to the NCAA Tournament in the last four years, is picked to win the 2007 South Atlantic Conference volleyball title, according to a vote of the league's eight head coaches. Catawba was picked third behind the 2006 co-champions.
Catawba, which garnered a first place vote, returns five starts and 10 letter-winners from a year ago. The ladies were third in the league, posting a 19-11 record. Catawba had a win over both league co-champs, Wingate and Lenoir-Rhyne.
The Lady Indians placed three players on the preseason All-Conference team. Melissa Griffith and Melissa Powers were named to the first team, while Andi Henderson was named to the second team. Powers led the league in hitting percentage and kills per game last year en route to first-team All-Conference honors. Griffith was second in the league in kills per game, while Henderson was second in assists.
Wingate received five first-place votes and 60 total points. Lenoir-Rhyne, which has shared the conference title in two of the past three seasons, was picked to finish second and had one first-place vote.
2007 SAC PRESEASON VOLLEYBALL POLL
Pl. Team - Pts.
1. Wingate (5) - 60
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (1) - 47
3. Catawba (1) - 44
4. Tusculum (1) - 43
5. Carson-Newman - 35
6. Lincoln Memorial - 28
7. Newberry - 19
8. Mars Hill - 12
(First place votes in parenthesis)
2007 SAC PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Kelli Sorensen, Carson-Newman
Melissa Griffith, CATAWBA
Melissa Powers, CATAWBA
Lauren McLelland, Lenoir-Rhyne
Abby Smit h, Lenoir-Rhyne
Vivian Lacy, Tusculum
Alexis Rowles, Tusculum (libero)
Melissa DeLuca, Wingate
Katie Troyer, Carson-Newman
Andi Henderson, CATAWBA
Katie Novacek, Lenoir-Rhyne
Catherine Fulton, Lenoir-Rhyne (libero)
Jordan Ledford, Lenoir-Rhyne
Tiffany Oreka, Mars Hill
Lorena Maia, Newberry
Jacki Emmenecker, Wingate
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Basketball (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 43-60
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Basketball (W) vs. TUSCULUM 70-58
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Basketball (M) vs. WINGATE 11 a.m.
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