Volleyball Picked Sixth in Preseason SAC Poll


ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) -- Catawba has been picked sixth in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Coaches Poll which was released by the league on Tuesday.  Wingate has been tabbed to repeat as league champions with nine of the 12 first-place votes.  Senior Bri Howard, who earned second team All-SAC honors a year ago, was named to the preseason second team for 2016.

Howard posted 177 kills over her 22 matches last year and averaged 2.21 per set.  She hit at a .271 clip.  Howard led the team in blocking at 1.11 per set, collecting 89 total blocks with 15 solo.  The Lady Indians also return senior starters Alex Hopper and McKenzie Garrison.  Hopper returned from a 2014 injury and led the team with 245 kills.  Garrison collected 223 kills and posted 313 digs.
The 2016 South Atlantic Conference volleyball season begins Friday, Sept. 2.  Catawba will be in action at the Queens Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.  The Lady Indians take on Lander at 10:30 a.m. and USC Aiken at 3 p.m.  Catawba will also play two more matches on Saturday.  The first home match of the season will be on Tuesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. against Queens.

2016 SAC Volleyball Preseason Poll
1. Wingate (9), 119
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (3),  111
3. Lincoln Memorial, 94
4. Carson-Newman, 81
5. Tusculum, 73
6. Catawba, 69
7. Queens, 65
8. Anderson, 56
9. Newberry, 46
10. Mars Hill, 33
11. Brevard, 30
12. Coker, 15
Preseason All-Conference
First Team
Anna Patton, Carson-Newman
Abby Saehler, Wingate
Brooke Redmond, Lenoir-Rhyne
Serena Jackson, Anderson
Rachel Garnett, Tusculum
Kiera Holland, Lincoln Memorial
Meredith Jones, Queens
Melissa Mazur, Tusculum
Second Team
Natalie Harris, Carson-Newman
Marissa Mitter, Anderson
Bri Howard, Catawba
Oakley Attaway, Wingate
Logan Hayward, Newberry
Emily Steele, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kori Adams, Wingate
Kimberly Hovey, Wingate

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