SoCon releases 2003 preseason volleyball poll

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Spartanburg, S.C. (August 28, 2003) - East Tennessee State's volleyball team was selected to finish ninth in the 2003 Southern Conference Volleyball Coaches Poll, which was released Thursday by the league office. Georiga Southern, the 2002 co-champions, was picked to win the title outright over defending SoCon tournament champions and regular season co-champions, College of Charleston. The Buccaneers, who tallied a total of 46 points in the poll, were barely edged out by SoCon newcomer Elon (48). ETSU placed eighth in the league last season after finishing with a 6-14 record in the conference and 8-23 overall. "I can't be concerned with where we are ranked heading into the season," said first-year head coach Lindsey Devine, who served on last year's staff as an assistant. "What I am concerned with is being prepared for every match and that starts this weekend." ETSU will open its 2003 season this weekend when the Bucs travel to Blacksburg, Va., where they will meet up with Campbell, Miami (Ohio), and host Virginia Tech at the 2003 Hokie Classic. Devine has a relatively young team returning to the court, which she attributes the low ranking in the preseason poll, but she believes the Buccaneers have what it takes to surprise some people come conference tournament time. "As I stated before, we are a disciplined team and very physically fit," said Devine. "We will work hard to win matches and in a short time nobody will remember who was ranked one, two, and three. We have absolutely no pressure, but we will be looking forward to proving people wrong." The Bucs lead off the Hokie Classic against Campbell at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29. Live stats will be available on the Internet by logging on to http://www.hokiesports.com/volleyball/live/. 2003 Southern Conference Volleyball Preseason Poll 1 Georgia Southern (10) 120 2. Coll. of Charleston (2) 102 3. Davidson 97 . Furman 95 5 Western Carolina 74 6. Appalachian State 65 7. Chattanooga 60 8. Elon 48 9. East Tennessee State 46 10. Wofford 42 11. UNC Greensboro 32 12. The Citadel 11
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WSOC Radford 2 F
Aug 22 ETSU 3
MSOC ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Aug 23, 7:00 p.m. Virginia Tech (Exh.)
WSOC ETSU Cookeville, Tenn.
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech
WSOC Appalachian St. Johnson City, Tenn.
Aug 28, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MCC Covered Bridge Open Boone, N.C.
Aug 29
WCC Covered Bridge Open Boone, N.C.
Aug 29
VB ETSU Charlotte, N.C.
Aug 29, 9:00 a.m. Morgan State University
VB ETSU Charlotte, N.C.
Aug 29, 5:00 p.m. California State University, Sacramento
MSOC ETSU Richmond, Va.
Aug 29, 7:00 p.m. William & Mary
VB ETSU Charlotte, N.C.
Aug 30, 12:00 p.m. UNC Charlotte
WSOC Campbell Johnson City, Tenn.
Aug 31, 1:00 p.m. ETSU
MSOC ETSU Richmond, Va.
Aug 31, 3:30 p.m. VCU
WSOC South Carolina St. Johnson City. Tenn.
Sep 2, 6:00 p.m. ETSU
VB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Sep 5, 3:00 p.m. The College of William and Mary
VB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Sep 5, 7:00 p.m. George Mason University
WSOC Alabama A&M Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 5, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
VB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Sep 6, 12:00 p.m. University of Maryland