PRINCETON, W. Va. – The Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals have been selected to win the 2011 WVIAC volleyball crown, as voted on by the league’s coaches.
WJU, which wrapped up an undefeated WVIAC season in 2010, picked up 14 of 15 first-place nods for 224 total points. The Cardinals completed the season with a 33-5 record.
The University of Charleston, which went 19-10 on the season a year ago, picked up 192 points for second place in the voting. The Golden Eagles grabbed the other first-place vote.
Alderson-Broaddus is predicted to finish third after totaling 189 points. The Battlers went 11-3 in the WVIAC in 2010 and finished in a tie for third in the regular season.
Fairmont State tallied 184 total points in the voting process for fourth place. The Fighting Falcons went 12-2 in league action a year ago.
Shepherd was chosen fifth amongst the league coaches in the preseason poll with 173 points. The squad, which went 10-4 against conference foes in 2010, had two second-place nods.
WV Wesleyan posted an 8-6 mark in 2010 and the coaches selected the Bobcats sixth in the poll. WVWC garnered 127 points. Seton Hill, which also had an 8-6 league record in 2010, picked up 122 points for seventh.
West Liberty was chosen eighth with 105 total points. The Hilltoppers had a 6-8 WVIAC mark a season ago. Just behind WLU was WV State, which picked up 103 points. The Yellow Jackets won four league contests in 2010.
Davis & Elkins and Pitt Johnstown tied for 10th with 100 points. The Lady Cats were 8-6 against WVIAC foes in 2010 while the Senators were 6-8.
Concord was chosen 12th with 73 total points. The Mountain Lions are coming off a four-win WVIAC mark a year ago. Glenville State was 13th with 50 points and picked up two wins against WVIAC competition in 2010.
Ohio Valley and Bluefield State rounded out the WVIAC preseason coaches’ poll. The Fighting Scots garnered 43 points while the Big Blues recorded 15 points.
Place Team (first-place votes) Points
1. Wheeling Jesuit (14) 224
2. Charleston (1) 192
3. Alderson-Broaddus 189
4. Fairmont State 184
5. Shepherd 173
6. WV Wesleyan 127
7. Seton Hill 122
8. West Liberty 105
9. WV State 103
10. Davis & Elkins 100
10. Pitt Johnstown 100
12. Concord 73
13. Glenville State 50
14. Ohio Valley 43
15. Bluefield State 15