Pitt Volleyball Tops Preseason Poll
A team that features five returning All-ACC players, last season’s conference Coach of the Year and were 2017 co-champions top the ACC Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll.
Pitt is the overwhelming favorite to take the conference championship this season. The Panthers netted 14 possible first place votes in the tabulation. Pitt’s Dan Fisher cast his vote for Louisville as coaches cannot vote for their own team.
Three members of this year’s team were selected for Preseason All-Conference Team honors as well.
Last year’s team made it to the NCAA second round before falling to number one seed Penn State.
ACC Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll
- #1 Pitt
- #2 Louisville
- #3 Florida State
- #4 Notre Dame
- #5 Duke
- #6 North Carolina
- #T7 Miami
- #T7 NC State
- #9 Syracuse
- #10 Georgia Tech
- #11 Virginia Tech
- #12 Clemson
- #13 Wake Forest
- #14 Virginia
- #15 Boston College
Louisville, last year’s co-champions with Pitt led the All-Conference Volleyball Team selections with four players. The 2017 Setter of the Year, Wilma Rivera and Defensive Player of the Year, Molly Sauer return for the Cardinals. Teammates Jasmine Bennett and Melanie McHenry also received preseason all-conference honors.
The 2017 Freshman of the Year, Florida State’s Taryn Knuth is included in the preseason team roster along with teammate Payton Caffrey.
A total of 17 players from 10 conference teams are included on the 2018 Preseason All-ACC Volleyball Team.
The 2018 ACC Volleyball season gets underway for teams on Friday, August 24. Regular season standings determine the conference champion and the team will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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