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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MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
MBB ETSU 69 F
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Indiana State University 76
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 26, 12:00 p.m. Indiana University 97
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Huntsville, Ala.
Dec 6, 6:00 p.m. Alabama A&M University
MBB UNC Greensboro Freedom Hall
Dec 13, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB Eastern Kentucky University Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 13, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 15, 12:00 p.m. Morehead State University
MBB ETSU Richmond, Ky.
Dec 16, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky
WBB ETSU Wilmington, N.C.
Dec 19, 11:30 a.m. University of North Carolina Wilmington