CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville volleyball team was picked to finish in fourth place in the Big South Conference preseason poll, while senior middle blocker Anna Moore was selected to the league’s preseason All-Conference first team. The voting was done by the league’s coaches and announced by the Big South Conference this afternoon.
Defending league champion Liberty is the preseason pick to win the title. Middle Blocker Caroline Douglas of the Lady Flames was named as the league’s Preseason Player of the Year.
Liberty, under the direction of 10th year head coach Shane Pinder, was selected to finish first for the third year in a row. The Lady Flames received eight first-place votes and 98 total points. Coastal Carolina, last year’s tournament runner-up, picked up the two remaining first-place votes to finish second in the poll with 92 points. High Point earned 78 points from the coaches to claim the third spot, while UNC Asheville finished fourth with 56 points -- just two points ahead of fifth-place Presbyterian College (54). Radford garnered 52 points for sixth-place, ahead of Winthrop and Gardner-Webb, who were selected seventh and eighth with 47 and 32 points, respectively. Campbell and Charleston Southern round out the list tied for ninth-place with 20 points.
Moore has been with the Bulldog program for two years after transferring from N.C. State following her freshman year. The Raleigh native has been a second team All-Conference selection her first two years. Last season, she led Asheville team in blocks (0.94), service aces (0.22) and hitting percentage (.267) and was second on club in kills (2.62).
The Bulldogs open the 2013 season at the Western Carolina Invitational the weekend of August 30-31. Asheville’s first home match at Justice Center will be on Tuesday, Sept. 3 against North Carolina Central.
Preseason All-Conference Team
Caroline Douglas, R-So., MB, Liberty
Kindra Bailey, Sr., MB, Coastal Carolina
Jade Craycraft, Sr., S, Liberty
Gabriella Horvath, So., OH, Coastal Carolina
Anna Moore, Sr., MB, UNC Asheville
Kristin Heldt, Jr., OH, High Point
Annemarie Chin, So., LIB, High Point
2013 Big South Conference Preseason Volleyball Poll
Rk. Team (first-place votes) – Points
1. Liberty (8) – 98
2. Coastal Carolina (2) – 92
3. High Point – 78
4. UNC Asheville – 56
5. Presbyterian – 54
6. Radford – 52
7. Winthrop – 47
8. Gardner-Webb – 32
T-9. Campbell – 20
T-9. Charleston Southern – 20