Wednesday, 07 August 2019 06:52

App State Volleyball Gets Three on Preseason All-Conference, Picked Second in East Division

Emma Longley is the only senior representing Appalachian on the preseason all-conference squad Emma Longley is the only senior representing Appalachian on the preseason all-conference squad Appalachian State Athletics

Three members of the Appalachian State volleyball team were named Preseason All-Sun Belt, the conference announced Tuesday.

Emma Longley, Emma Reilly and Kara Spicer were tabbed Preseason All-Sun Belt in voting done by the league's head coaches.

In addition, the Mountaineers were selected to finish second in the Sun Belt East Division. Coastal Carolina was chosen to win the East Division with 67 points and seven first place votes, with App State right behind with 65 votes and five first place votes. Defending Sun Belt Tournament champion Texas State was chosen to win the West Division.

Longley earned First Team All-Sun Belt accolades in 2018 after leading the team and ranking fourth in the conference in total kills (406) and kills per set (3.72). She also posted six double-doubles and reached double figure kills in 24 of 31 contests. She enters her senior season just 124 kills shy of 1,000 for her career.

Reilly earned her first all-conference honor last season, garnering in Second Team accolades. She finished the 2018 campaign with 500 totals digs and averaged 4.50 digs per set, both of which ranked second in the conference. Reilly also was second in the conference in service aces per set, averaging 0.40.

Spicer hit .293 last season, while leading the team with 109 total blocks (28 solo, 81 assists) on her way to Second Team All-Sun Belt honors. She recorded double figures in kills in 16 contests, including the last seven of the season.

App State returns 12 players from the 2018 team that went 22-9 and appeared in the NIVC. The Black and Gold officially open its season on Aug. 30 at the Cactus Classic in Tucson, Ariz. against host Arizona at noon and Samford at 6:30 p.m.

Preseason All-Sun Belt Team
Emma Longley, Appalachian State (Sr., OH, Raleigh, N.C.)
Emma Reilly, Appalachian State (Jr., L/DS, Evergreen Park, Ill.)
Kara Spicer, Appalachian State (Jr., MB, Peoria, Ariz.)
Carol Barbosa, Little Rock (Sr., MH, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Kyla Manning, Coastal Carolina (Jr., OH, Atlanta, Ga.)
Anett Nemeth, Coastal Carolina (So., OH, Pecel, Hungary)
Hali Wisnoskie, Louisiana (Jr., OH, Columbus, Texas)
Kelley Hartman, South Alabama (Sr., MB, Woodstock, Ga.)
Madison Hill, UTA (Sr., MB/OH, Rockwall, Texas)
Emily DeWalt, Texas State (So., S, Helotes, Texas)
Micah Dinwiddie, Texas State (Sr., DS, Lewisville, Texas)
Janell Fitzgerald, Texas State (So., OH, Mansfield, Texas)
Cheyenne Huskey, Texas State (Sr., OH/S, Columbus, Texas)

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Cheyenne Huskey, Texas State (Sr., OH/S, Columbus, Texas)

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Micah Dinwiddie, Texas State (Sr., DS, Lewisville, Texas)

Preseason Setter of the Year
Emily DeWalt, Texas State (So., S, Helotes, Texas)

Preseason Coaches' Poll
First-place votes in parentheses

East Division
1. Coastal Carolina (7) - 67
2. Appalachian State (5) - 65
3. Troy - 41
4. South Alabama - 30
5. Georgia State - 25
6. Georgia Southern - 24

West Division
1. Texas State (12) - 72
2. UTA - 55
3. Little Rock - 39
4. Arkansas State - 37
5. Louisiana - 35
6. ULM - 12

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