Bridgeport, W.Va. - Wheeling Jesuit was overwhelmingly picked to repeat as Mountain East Conference in volleyball in a vote conducted by the league’s coaches.
The Cardinals received a maximum of 121 points that included 11 first-place votes. WJU went 38-6 and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals where it lost to the eventual national champion Concordia. Makenzie Ripley, a first team All-MEC performer last season, returns along with the league’s Freshman of the Year Haley Kindall and Kayce Krucki, a second team All-MEC performer. WJU is ranked 17th in the initial American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll.
Fairmont State was picked to finish second with 108 points and received the other first-place vote. The Falcons graduated two first team all-conference selections, but bring back two others in libero Tiff Smathers and setter Tabbie Bias. FSU was runner-up to Wheeling Jesuit in the regular season and at the conference tournament in 2013.
Charleston, under first year head coach Jenna Brown, finished third with 93 points, followed by West Virginia Wesleyan (89) and Shepherd (85). Concord checked in at sixth with 61 points, in front of West Liberty (59) and West Virginia State (51). Urbana was ninth with 48 points, Notre Dame and UVa-Wise tied for 10th with 31 points, and Glenville State completed the poll with 15 points.
The 2014 regular season gets underway on Thursday, Sept. 4.
|2014 MEC Volleyball Preseason Poll|
|1.||Wheeling Jesuit (11)||121|
|4.||West Virginia Wesleyan||89|
|8.||West Virginia State||51|
|10. (t)||Notre Dame||31|
|() Indicates first place votes
* Coaches not able to vote for own team