Brevard picked 11th in SAC preseason poll

BREVARD, N.C. – The South Atlantic Conference released its annual preseason volleyball this morning, with Brevard predicted to finish 11th according to the league coaches.

The Tornados received 18 votes, four ahead of Coker for the poll’s final spot. Eight-time defending SAC champion and 2013 NCAA Southeast Region champion Wingate was picked to win the conference after an undefeated run in SAC play a season ago.

Fellow NCAA Tournament participants Tusculum, Anderson, Queens, and Newberry were picked to finish second, fourth, sixth, and seventh respectively, while Lincoln Memorial and Lenoir-Rhyne came in third and fifth in the preseason voting.

Brevard is coming off a 7-20 season in 2013, including a 3-19 mark in conference matches that represented its highest win total against SAC opponents since the 2009 season. The Tornados return junior outside hitter Fatima Gharachorloo, who totaled the second-most kills on the team in 2013, and last season’s leader in digs in sophomore defensive specialist Aleksandra Vrvilo.

Brevard opens play in 2014 in Winston-Salem, where the Tornados will face four nonconference opponents at a tournament hosted by Winston-Salem State on September 5 and 6. September 16 marks this season’s home opener, when SAC foe Anderson travels to Brevard for a 7:00 p.m. match.

Click here to read the full release from the South Atlantic Conference.

2014 Volleyball Preseason Poll

School                                       Total
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 Volleyball Preseason All-Conference

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
(Tie) Logan Hayward, Newberry
(Tie) Elizabeth Bialkowski, Queens

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