Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Picked Fifth In The 2012 League Coaches Preseason Poll
August 13, 2012
L-R begins the 2012 season on Friday, August 31, against Armstrong Atlantic State in Savannah, Ga.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team was picked to finish fifth in the 2012 South Atlantic Conference race on a vote by the league's 10 head coaches in the preseason poll.
Rock Hill, S.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team was picked to finish fifth in the South Atlantic Conference race as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches in the 2012 preseason poll.
Wingate was picked to repeat as SAC Champions after finishing 32-1 last year and advancing to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship.
The Bulldogs enter the season on an 82-match winning streak in the conference and have won their past 50 regular season contests.
The Bears went 17-15 last season and tied for fifth in league play with a record of 8-10 against conference opponents.
Several top returnees for L-R this fall include sophomore middle blocker Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) and senior setter Meredith Lutz (Newton, N.C.). Rhyne was first on the squad in kills with 263 while Lutz led the team in assists (721).
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2012 season on Friday, August 31, in Savannah, Ga., against Armstrong Atlantic State at 7:00 p.m., in the first Lady Pirate Volleyball Classic of the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne's first home match will take place on Friday, September 14, against league-foe Newberry beginning at 7:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
2012 South Atlantic Conference
Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Wingate (9) 81
2. Catawba (1) 67
3. Lincoln Memorial 63
4. Tusculum 62
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 45
6. Mars Hill 37
7. Carson-Newman 34
8. Newberry 32
9. Anderson 20
10. Brevard 9
() indicates first-place votes
2012 All-South Atlantic Conference
Volleyball Preseason Teams
Jordan Raye, Catawba
Kaitlyn Whitmer, Catawba
Blaire Fowler, Lincoln Memorial
Caitlyn Dean, Tusculum
Sam Underwood, Tusculum
Anna Hilton, Wingate
Cory McGowan, Wingate
Samantha Parrish, Newberry
Shannon Gillespie, Anderson
Jenny Young, Catawba
Jennifer Drumm, Lincoln Memorial
Maggie Murphy, Mars Hill
Marissa Wixson, Mars Hill
Lauren Prachar, Newberry
Ashley Sarmiento, Tusculum
Grace Krauser, Wingate