Volleyball: Panthers fourth in South Division in 2014 USA South preseason coaches poll

Volleyball: Panthers fourth in South Division in 2014 USA South preseason coaches poll

The 2014 USA South volleyball preseason coaches' polls was announced Thursday by the conference office. LaGrange, with first year head coach Jamie Thomas, was fourth in the voting for the South Division.

Maryville was picked as the South Division favorite in 2014. The Scots are the defending South Division and USA South Tournament champions. As for the North Division, Meredith was picked to capture the division. In the overall voting, Maryville ranked first, followed by Piedmont and Averett . The head coaches do not vote for their own team in the preseason poll process.

Each divisional preseason poll only includes votes from coaches within that particular division while voting for the overall preseason poll includes votes from each coach in the conference. This is the second season that the USA South will split into divisions in the sport of volleyball.

In the South Division, Maryville received four of the five first place votes and 16 points. Piedmont was picked second with 12 points while Covenant College grabbed the final remaining first place vote and 11 points to round out the top-half of the divisional poll.

In the North Division, Meredith received four of the eight first place votes and 46 points. Last year's North Division champions, Averett, ranked second in the poll with 45 points and the remaining four first place votes. William Peace with 38 points and Methodist with 30 points placed third and fourth, respectively, to round out the top-half of the divisional poll.

The volleyball regular season gets underway on Friday, Aug. 29 as eight of the conference's 13 teams are in action. The Panthers will be in Birmingham, Ala. to play in the MckAttack Classic. They will face Convenant and Piedmont on Friday, before taking on tournament host Birmingham-Southern and Sewanee on Saturday.

For the third consecutive year, the 2014 USA South Tournament will be held at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Va. First round matches will take place on Friday, Nov. 7, following by the semifinals and final which will be played on Saturday, Nov. 8. The top-five seeded teams from the North Division and the top-three seeded teams from the South Division, after the conclusion of regular season competition, will advance to the tournament.

2014 USA South Volleyball Coaches Preseason Poll
North Division

Rank

Institution (1st Place Votes)

Pts.

1.

Meredith (4)

46

2.

Averett (4)

45

3.

William Peace

38

4.

Methodist

30

5.

N.C. Wesleyan

24

6.

Greensboro

21

7.

Ferrum

13

8.

Mary Baldwin

7

2014 USA South Volleyball Coaches Preseason Poll
South Division

Rank

Institution (1st Place Votes)

Pts.

1.

Maryville (4)

16

2.

Piedmont

12

3.

Covenant (1)

11

4.

LaGrange

7

5.

Huntingdon

4

 

2014 USA South Volleyball Coaches Preseason Poll
Overall Voting

Rank

Institution (1st Place Votes)

Pts.

1.

Maryville (12)

144

2.

Piedmont

120

3.

Averett (1)

114

4.

Meredith

111

5.

Covenant

106

6.

William Peace

100

7.

Methodist

76

8.

N.C. Wesleyan

62

9.

Greensboro

55

10.

LaGrange

49

11.

Ferrum

34

12.

Huntingdon

31

13.

Mary Baldwin

12