Bruins Picked to Finish Third in Atlantic Sun, Johnson Named Preseason All-Conference
MACON, Ga. - - The Atlantic Sun Conference announced the results of the annual volleyball coaches' preseason poll on Thursday. Belmont was picked to finish third in league standings, just six points behind Florida Gulf Coast in second place. League coaches picked reining regular season and tournament champion Lipscomb to repeat as the conference's top team and tournament champion.
Junior outside hitter Maggie Johnson (Naperville, Ill.) was named to the Preseason All-Conference Team. Johnson was a 2009 First Team All-Conference selection last season. Johnson led the Bruins in kills and attacks last season with 427 and 1217 respectively. She also started every set of the 2009 season as a sophomore.
"Our goal this year, as it is every year, is to win our conference tournament and advance to the NCAA tourney," Webb said. "Conference regular season is an important piece of our schedule as both the seeding earned and the competing played in conference games prepares us for what is ahead."
With a combination of returning experience and the addition of five new freshmen looking to challenge for playing time, Belmont looks forward to a competitive conference season.
"It is particularly exciting to see the strength of our conference, and to see the gains that have been made by all of the teams in the A-Sun," Webb said. "After making a remarkable seven spot conference RPI gain in 2009, I am hopeful we can continue our growth (as a conference) in 2010."
Lipscomb and FGCU were the only teams with multiple players selected to the preseason squad. Lipscomb was represented by three players, including Preseason Player of the Year Jake Pease, while FGCU placed two players on the team.
Preseason Poll Preseason All-Conference
Pl. School (1st) Points Pos. Name School
1. Lipscomb (10) 120 OH Meghan Hinemeyer Lipscomb
2. Florida Gulf Coast 103 OH Maggie Johnson Belmont
3. Belmont 97 MB * Alex Kelly Lipscomb
4. Jacksonville (1) 90 S Stefine "Jake" Pease Lipscomb
5. Kennesaw State 67 OH Paige Pridgeon UNF
6. Campbell 60 OH * Jelena Simic FGCU
7. ETUSY 59 OH Emily Werner Campbell
8. Mercer 49 L Holly Youngquist FGCU
9. North Florida 47
10. USC Upstate 22
11. Stetson 12
Tournament Champion: Lipscomb (10 votes)