Rock Hill, S.C. - The 2008 Brevard College volleyball team is predicted to finish ninth this year in the Southern Atlantic Conference according to the annual coaches poll, which was released today. Brevard College will be competing in their first year as full NCAA Division II and SAC members this season.
In 2007, the Tornados, which competed as provisional NCAA Division II and SAC members, finished with an overall 16-15 record, including home wins over SAC foes Mars Hill and Lenoir-Rhyne.
Junior middle hitter Brooke Seaman (Spring Hill, Fla.) was also picked for the Preseason all-SAC second team. Seaman is coming off an impressive sophomore season in which she led the team and was fourth in the SAC in kills (455), kills per game (4.14) and was second on the team and fourth in the SAC in hitting percentage (.310). Seaman also led the team in total blocks with 127 on the year and was fourth in the SAC in blocks per game with an average of 1.14.
Defending two-time regular season and tournament champion Wingate University, which has made four trips to the NCAA Tournament in the last five years, is picked to win the 2008 South Atlantic Conference volleyball title. Wingate received eight first-place votes and 80 total points out of a maximum possible 81.
The Bulldogs also had 4 players awarded in the preseason poll. Stormi Gale, Katheryn Reddick, and Rebecca Bloemer received All-SAC first team honors while Chelsea Cancelliere was picked to the second team.
Catawba College is picked to finish second. The Catawba Indians received 66 total points.
Senior Melissa Powers, who led the SAC last year in hitting percentage (.347) and kills (5.27) was named to the first team, as was senior Melissa Griffith.
Carson-Newman College, which advanced to the championship game of last year's Food Lion SAC Tournament, is picked to finish third. The Eagles received 59 points.
Senior Kelsey Fleck, an All-Tournament selection last year, was named to the preseason All-Conference second team.
Tusculum College, which finished second in the league last year, is picked to finish fourth. The Pioneers received 50 total points. Tusculum will be under the direction of first-year coach Michael Robinson.
Tusculum placed three on the preseason All-Conference team. Kelsey Hayden, Katie Luebke, and Heather MacArthur were all named to the second team. Hayden was second in the conference in blocks last year, averaging 1.49 per game, while MacArthur ranked fifth in the league at 1.12.
Lenoir-Rhyne University is fifth in the preseason poll. The Bears received 43 points.
Katie Novacek, a first-team All-Conference performer last season, was named to the preseason All-Conference first team, while Abby Smith was named to the second team. Smith led the team with 3.15 kills per game last season.
Lincoln Memorial University is picked to finish sixth. The Lady Railsplitters received 39 total points.
Alicia MacIntyre, who averaged 4.25 digs per game last season, was named to the preseason All-Conference first team at the Libero position. Amanda Horenkamp, who averaged 3.25 kills per game last year, was named to the second team.
Mars Hill College received 20 points.
The Tornados 2008 volleyball season will begin on Saturday, August 30, when BC will play in a quad-match tournament at Montreat College.
The Food Lion SAC Tournament will be held at Mars Hill College. Quarterfinals will be Thursday, November 13, with semifinals on Friday, November 14, and the finals on Saturday, November 15. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Tournament.
2008 SAC PRESEASON VOLLEYBALL POLL
1. Wingate (8) 80
2. Catawba 66
3. Carson-Newman 59
4. Tusculum 50
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 43
6. Lincoln Memorial 39
7. Newberry (1) 36
8. Mars Hill 20
9. Brevard 12
(First place votes in parenthesis)
2008 SAC PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Melissa Griffith, Senior, Catawba College
Melissa Powers, Senior, Catawba College
Katie Novacek, Senior, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Alicia MacIntyre, Junior, Lincoln Memorial University (Libero)
Priscila Sales, Senior, Newberry College
Rebecca Bloemer, Sophomore, Wingate University
Stormi Gale, Sophomore, Wingate University
Kathryn Reddick, Senior, Wingate University
Brooke Seaman, Junior, Brevard College
Kelsey Fleck, Senior, Carson-Newman College
Abby Smith, Senior, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amanda Horenkamp, Junior, Lincoln Memorial University
Kelsey Hayden, Senior, Tusculum College
Katie Luebke, Sophomore, Tusculum College
Heather MacArthur, Senior, Tusculum College
Chelsea Cancelliere, Junior, Wingate University (Libero)