Volleyball Ranked 19th on AVCA Preseason Poll

Aug. 17, 2011

LEXINGTON, Kentucky – With their 2011 campaign set to begin in a few short weeks, the University of Massachusetts Boston volleyball squad will start off their new season ranked 19th in Division III women’s volleyball as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on the 2011 Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

The preseason national ranking is the first in program history, following the Beacons 30-5 finish in 2010.  Combined UMass Boston received 150 points, and was the only team from the Little East Conference to be named to the preseason poll.  Defending national champions Calvin College was named the number one team in Division III after receiving 23 of the 24 first place votes.  The only other first place vote went to Emory College, who finished 2010 as national runner-ups.

Last season was a historic one for the Beacons.  Not only did they tie the all-time single season wins mark with 30, but they earned the program’s first NCAA Division III New England Regional title. 

AVCA New England Region Coach of the Year Terry Condon will welcome back a veteran core of players that carried the Beacons to the program’s first national championship tournament appearance.  Now in her seventh season, Condon will look to All-American middle hitter Shannon Thompson to lead this year’s experienced and talented group. 

Last season, Thompson claimed her second All-American honor after a standout sophomore campaign, in which she led the team in kills (494), digs (376), and total blocks (105).  The reigning Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Thompson will once again be at the forefront of the Beacons line-up this season. 

Also returning this season will be first-team all-conference selections Corrine Porter (2010 LEC Rookie of the Year), Cassy Hanneman, and Molly Rattigan

Volleyball will begin their new season in Hawaii when they take on the University of Hawaii at Hilo on September 2 and 3.

Fans will be able to listen in to both those matches via audio webcast through the University of Hawaii at Hilo website. 

2011 AVCA Preseason Poll

Rank

School (First-Place Votes)

Total Points

2010 Record

2010 Final Poll 

1

Calvin (23)

599 

32-4

Emory (1)

577 

36-4

3

Washington-St. Louis

552 

35-4

3

Christopher Newport 

511 

38-3 

5

Wittenberg 

490 

32-3 

Juniata 

463 

34-6 

Eastern (Pa.) 

453 

30-5 

Cal Lutheran 

428 

29-4 

13 

9

Wisconsin-Platteville

384 

33-4 

10

St. Thomas (Minn.) 

357 

30-7 

11 

Carthage 

346 

31-8 

14

12 

Heidelberg 

298

33-6 

15

13

Colorado College 

273 

30-7 

16 

14

Concordia (Minn.) 

254 

24-7 

20

15

Hope 

224 

27-5 

10

16

St. Olaf 

217 

31-5 

11

17

Southwestern (Texas) 

209 

32-7 

19 

18 

Whitworth 

171 

18-7 

24 

19 

UMass-Boston 

150

30-5 

17 

20 

Wisconsin-Eau Claire 

126 

25-10 

18

21

NYU 

115 

38-6

12

22

Puget Sound 

109 

18-7 

NR 

23

Occidental 

101 

25-8 

NR 

24

Wisconsin-Whitewater 

93 

28-9 

21 

 25

Chicago 

79 

30-13

NR 


Others Receiving Votes and listed on two or more ballots:
   Wartburg 46; Nebraska Wesleyan 40; Wisconsin-Oshkosh 26; Trinity (Texas) 22; Case Western 17; SUNY Cortland 10; Tufts 10; Stevens 9; Middlebury 6; Randolph Macon 3; SUNY New Paltz 3

Five schools were listed on only one ballot for a total of 29 points.

Dropped Out:   Nebraska Wesleyan (22); Wisconsin-Oshkosh (23); Randolph Macon (25)