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Monday, 18 August 2014 14:44

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Picked Fifth in the South Atlantic Conference

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team was picked fifth in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, the league announced today.

Wingate, the eight-time defending SAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, was voted first in the poll for the ninth consecutive year. The Bulldogs, 32-3 last season, received the maximum of 11 first-place votes.

In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) and junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) earned 2014 All-SAC Preseason First and Second Team honors, respectively.

Rhyne, a 2013 first-team all-conference and all-region pick, led the Bears in kills with 367 to go along 130 digs and 51 total blocks last year.

Gottberg, meanwhile, totaled a team-high 1,115 assists in addition to 20 service aces, 250 digs and 29 blocks in 2013. Gottberg's assists per set (10.52) ranked second in the SAC last fall as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne, 17-10 last year including a 14-8 mark in South Atlantic Conference play, opens the season on Friday, September 5, against GRU Augusta (10:30 a.m.) and Armstrong State (3:00 p.m.) in the Queens Fall Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne's first home match takes place on Tuesday, September 16, against Newberry at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 7:00 p.m.

2014 South Atlantic Conference
Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Wingate 121
2. Tusculum 99
3. Lincoln Memorial 94
4. Anderson 90
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 89
6. Queens 70
7. Newberry 62
8. Carson-Newman 49
9. Catawba 48
10. Mars Hill 38
11. Brevard 18
12. Coker 14

2014 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Volleyball Teams

FIRST TEAM
Alison Cooke, Wingate
Haley Rhyne, Lenoir-Rhyne
Lexi Potter, Wingate
Shannon Gillespie, Anderson
Hailey Pittman, Anderson
Susie Murach, Wingate
Rachel Harper, Carson-Newman
Casey Mense, Lincoln Memorial

SECOND TEAM
Briana Gottberg, Lenoir-Rhyne
Megan Hasse, Tusculum
Kristen Pickett, Carson-Newman
Alix Hooker, Anderson
Cory McGowan, Wingate
Mary Kate Griffen, Mars Hill
Stephanie Tassone, Wingate
Logan Hayward, Newberry
Elizabeth Bialkowski, Queens

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