Hornets Volleyball Selected Third in Close Pre-season ODAC Poll

Hornets Volleyball Selected Third in Close Pre-season ODAC Poll

For immediate release – 8/29/2012 - #015
Hornets Volleyball Selected Third in Close Pre-season ODAC Poll

Story Courtesy of the ODAC Office

FOREST, VA – Randolph-Macon College received eight first place votes as part of 118 total points to head the 2012 ODAC Volleyball Preseason Poll. Washington and Lee University collected 113 tallies, including three top nods, and Lynchburg College gathered the remaining first place vote towards 101 points in the annual coaches' survey (full poll results below).

The Yellow Jackets saw their success continue in 2011 as they captured a third straight (third overall) ODAC title with a 3-1 win over host Washington and Lee in the conference tournament championship match. R-MC won its opening contest of the NCAA Division III Tournament as it topped Johns Hopkins, 3-1, in first round action at Christopher Newport. The Jackets season came to a close in a round two via a 3-0 decision to Emory University.

Randolph-Macon (24-6 overall, 9-1 in ODAC play in 2011) returns all five of its all-conference honorees from a season ago, including a pair from the All-ODAC First Team in senior outside hitter Mallory Carter (339 digs, 44 service aces, 25 blocks) and junior libero Marli Dabareiner. Carter finished the season tops in the ODAC in kills with 443, while Dabareiner led the league in digs (466) and digs per set (5.12). Senior outside hitter Jessica Sears (244 k, 335 d, 23 sa, 33 blk) earned a spot on the All-ODAC Second Team and was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Junior middle Tori Puryear (215 k, 20 sa, 82 blk) and sophomore setter Bailey Troia (884 assists, 177 d, 21 blk) also return after earning recognition on the All-ODAC Third Team.

Washington and Lee (27-8, 10-0) and reigning ODAC Coach of the Year, Bryan Snyder, welcome back a pair of first teamers, including 2011 ODAC Player of the Year, junior outside hitter M.A. Boles (415 k, 351 d, 44 sa, 23 blk). She's joined by junior setter Meghan Meleski (202 d, 45 blk, 25 sa), who led the ODAC with 1,016 assists and a 9.68 assists-per-set average. The Generals will look to senior right side Taylor Maxey (122 k, 29 blk) and junior outside hitter Allison Rouse (143 k, 123 d, 25 sa) for added contributions.

Lynchburg (21-10, 7-3) also features the return of two all-conference performers, including first team choice and 2011 ODAC Rookie of the Year, outside hitter Aricquel Payne (265 k, 213 d, 49 blk). Third team selection, senior middle Becca Loftis (231 k, 75 blk), is also back in the fold, as are senior setters Rachel Turk (742 ast, 241 d, 43 sa) and Brooke Moughon (327 ast, 98 d, 23 sa).

Virginia Wesleyan College (14-17, 6-4) is led by two-time first team outside hitter Kala Guy (360 k, 340 d, 55 sa, 31 blk). She's joined by senior middle Taylor Allen (222 k, 55 blk, 46 sa), sophomore setter Mallory Slade (397 ast, 132 d, 17s a) and senior outside hitter Kerry Johnson (182 k).

Bridgewater College (15-16, 6-4) and Emory & Henry College (14-13, 5-5) enter their second seasons under head coaches Erin Albert and Dan Clotfelter, respectively. The Eagles will look to junior outside hitter Katie Long (243 k, 43 blk), senior middle Cadie Castle (194 k, 75 blk, 29 sa), and senior outside hitter Mara Hogan (168 k, 217 d) to lead the offense with senior libero Casey O'Leary (355 d) guarding the backline. The Wasps feature a pair of all-conference athletes in second team senior outside hitter Jamie Cockerham (303 k, 206 d, 35 blk, 29 sa) and third team junior middle Nicole Tesh (205, 55 blk, .288 pct.). Fellow middle, senior Kim Caudill (189 k, 77 blk), bolsters E&H's front row.

Guilford College (12-15, 5-5) is led by a pair of juniors in setter Taylor Whitley (814 ast, 171 d, 36 sa) and middle Malikah French (170 k, 59 blk, 34 sa). They're joined by sophomore outside hitter Brittany DeCesare (124 k).

Shenandoah University (18-17, 9-9 in USA South play) joins the ODAC for its first season under the ODAC's banner as a full-time league member. The Hornets return All-USA South Third Team junior middle Haley Smith (278 k, .308 pct, 84 blk, 21 sa). Senior outside hitter Mary Harshman (279 k, 416 d, 30 blk) earned honorable mention honors in 2011. Senior setter Kelcy Brown (598 ast, 219 d, 41 sa) is also back in Winchester.

Randolph College (11-15, 2-8) and Roanoke College (7-24, 2-8) look to climb back up the conference ranks in 2012. The WildCats turn to a trio of sophomores to lead the way in outside hitter Jordan Templin (208 k, 230 d, 27 sa, 21 blk), middle Grayce Darden (168 k, 38 blk, 28 sa), and setter Kerry McMichael (662 ast, 138 d, 39 sa). The Maroons are spearheaded by sophomore outside hitter Sarah Long (231 k, 169 d, 57 blk), senior setter Shannon Stone (722 ast, 210 d, 31 blk), and junior middle Samantha Klostermann (197 k, 182 d, 25 blk).

Both Hollins University (8-21, 3-7) and Eastern Mennonite University (7-20, 0-10) will be under new direction this season. Hollins mentor Bill Shook welcomes back senior outside hitter Ally Reed (190 k, 346 d, 30 sa, 22 blk), sophomore setter Jessie Deese (344 ast, 133 d, 33 blk), and sophomore middle Lauren Hays (148 k, 59 blk). The Royals and head coach Jeff Tyson feature the return of sophomore outside hitter Sara Ritchie (200 k, 181 d, 18 sa).

Listed below is the 2012 ODAC Volleyball Preseason Poll. For more information, visit any of the participating schools' websites, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com. Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter.

2012 ODAC VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. Randolph-Macon (8)

118 pts.

2. Washington and Lee (3)

113 pts.

3. Lynchburg (1)

101 pts.

4. Virginia Wesleyan

86 pts.

5. Bridgewater

83 pts.

6. Emory & Henry

64 pts.

7. Guilford

62 pts.

8. Shenandoah

40 pts.

9. Randolph

38 pts.

9. Roanoke

38 pts.

11. Hollins

37 pts.

12. Eastern Mennonite

12 pts.

LC Volleyball Sweeps EMU 3-0
October 19, 2012 LC Volleyball Sweeps EMU 3-0
Hornet Volleyball Sweeps SVU
October 13, 2012 Hornet Volleyball Sweeps SVU
W & L Downs Hornets in Four
September 14, 2012 W & L Downs Hornets in Four
Lozano: Looking to Fly
September 10, 2012 Lozano: Looking to Fly
No Event
No Event
No Event
Fri Oct 26
Final
6 No. 6 South Carolina
2 Lynchburg
Fri Oct 26
Final
1 Randolph
3 Lynchburg
Senior Night/CODE RED Match -- Rescheduled from Sept. 15
Fri Oct 26
Final
3 Southern Virginia
2 Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sat Oct 27
vs. ODAC Championships
@ Winchester, Va.
Sat Oct 27
6th/8
at Bridgewater IHSA
Sat Oct 27
Final
1 Washington and Lee
4 Lynchburg
Senior Day | CODE RED Game
Sat Oct 27
Final
0 Ferrum
4 No. 15 Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sun Oct 28
Final
0 Randolph
3 No. 10 Lynchburg
Game 4 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Wed Oct 31
Final - 2OT
1 Washington and Lee
2 No. 15 Lynchburg
Game 5 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Wed Oct 31
Final
1 Lynchburg
3 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Match 4 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Fri Nov 02
Final
1 Roanoke
3 Lynchburg
Game 3 - ODAC Semifinals
Fri Nov 02
Final - OT
0 Washington and Lee
1 vs. Shenandoah
@ Lynchburg, Va. Game 4 - ODAC Semifinals
Sat Nov 03
7th/8
at Randolph IHSA
Sat Nov 03
Final
5 No. 16 Lynchburg
1 vs. Randolph-Macon
@ Bridgewater, Va. Game 7 - ODAC Semifinals
Sat Nov 03
Final
1 Bridgewater (Va.)
0 No. 10 Lynchburg
Game 7 - ODAC Semifinals
Sat Nov 03
Final
2 Shenandoah
7 Lynchburg
Game 5 - ODAC Championship
Sun Nov 04
Final
0 Va. Wesleyan
3 vs. No. 16 Lynchburg
@ Bridgewater, Va. Game 8 - ODAC Championship
Wed Nov 07
Final
1 No. 20 Denison
3 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament -- First Round
Thu Nov 08
Final
57 Ferrum
75 Lynchburg
Non-Conference Game
Sat Nov 10
Men 6th/Women 7th
vs. NCAA South/Southeast Region Championships
@ Mount Berry, Ga.
Sat Nov 10
7th/8
Lynchburg IHSA
CODE RED Day
Sat Nov 10
Final
0 Lynchburg
1 at No. 3 Rowan
NCAA Division III Tournament - Second Round
Sat Nov 10
Final
1 Piedmont
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament - First Round
Sat Nov 10
Final
52 N.C. Wesleyan
80 Lynchburg
Note time change
Sun Nov 11
Final
80 St. Mary's (Md.)
83 Lynchburg
Sun Nov 11
Final
0 No. 22 Emory
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament - Second Round
Tue Nov 13
Final
60 Averett
52 Lynchburg
Fri Nov 16
Final
69 Moravian
63 vs. Lynchburg
@ Union, N.J.
Fri Nov 16
Final - PK Away
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
2 vs. No. 2 Messiah
@ Newport News, Va. NCAA Division III Tournament - Third Round
Sat Nov 17
vs. NCAA Division III Championships
@ Winneconne, Wis.
Sat Nov 17
Final - 2OT
79 Lynchburg
83 at Kean
Sat Nov 17
Final
48 Randolph
60 Lynchburg
Sat Nov 17
Final
0 No. 17 Lynchburg
1 at No. 8 Chris. Newport
NCAA Division III Tournament - Quarterfinals
Tue Nov 20
Final
49 Lynchburg
64 at Mary Washington
Sun Nov 25
Final
72 East. Mennonite
87 Lynchburg
Tue Nov 27
Final
68 Lynchburg
60 at Washington and Lee
Wed Nov 28
Final
66 Emory & Henry
87 Lynchburg
Thu Nov 29
Final
55 Lynchburg
58 at Randolph-Macon
Fri Nov 30
vs. Bast-Cregger Invitational
@ Roanoke College, Salem, Va.
Sat Dec 01
vs. Bast-Cregger Invitational
@ Roanoke College, Salem, Va.
Sat Dec 01
Final
48 Randolph
82 vs. No. 22 Chris. Newport
@ Lynchburg, Va. (Turner Gymnasium) Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 1
Sat Dec 01
Final
64 Mary Washington
69 Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Dec 02
Final
66 Randolph
75 vs. Mary Washington
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 3
Sun Dec 02
Final
74 Lynchburg
62 at Shenandoah
Sun Dec 02
Final
64 No. 22 Chris. Newport
77 Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4 | CODE RED Game
Wed Dec 05
Final
78 No. 22 Lynchburg
82 at Guilford
Wed Dec 05
Final
54 Randolph
80 Lynchburg
Sat Dec 08
Final
78 No. 22 Lynchburg
76 at Methodist
Sat Dec 08
Final
73 Va. Wesleyan
55 Lynchburg
Sun Dec 16
4:00 PM
McDaniel
Lynchburg
Sat Dec 29
2:00 PM
Muskingum
vs. Lynchburg
@ Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Guilford Classic
Sat Dec 29
2:00 PM
Chris. Newport
Lynchburg
Lynchburg Holiday Classic
Sun Dec 30
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Greensboro
@ Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Guilford Classic
Sun Dec 30
4:00 PM
Meredith
Lynchburg
Lynchburg Holiday Classic
Tue Jan 01
4:00 PM
Averett
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 05
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Sat Jan 05
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Mon Jan 07
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
Lynchburg
Wed Jan 09
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory & Henry
Wed Jan 09
7:00 PM
Hollins
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 12
2:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 12
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory & Henry
Wed Jan 16
7:00 PM
Guilford
Lynchburg
Thu Jan 17
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Fri Jan 18
vs. VMI Keydet Invitational
@ Lexington, Va.
Sat Jan 19
vs. VMI Keydet Invitational
@ Lexington, Va.
Sat Jan 19
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Sat Jan 19
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Wed Jan 23
7:00 PM
Guilford
Lynchburg
Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Wed Jan 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
Fri Jan 25
vs. Liberty University Kickoff
@ Lynchburg, Va.
Sat Jan 26
vs. Liberty University Kickoff
@ Lynchburg, Va.
Sat Jan 26
2:00 PM
Roanoke
Lynchburg
Alumni Day
Sat Jan 26
4:30 PM
Randolph-Macon
Lynchburg
Alumni Day/Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Wed Jan 30
7:00 PM
Emory & Henry
Lynchburg
Wed Jan 30
7:30 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
Sat Feb 02
vs. Vince Brown Invitational
@ Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va.
Sat Feb 02
2:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
Lynchburg
No Event
No Event
No Event
No Event
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No events to show.
No Event
Thu Nov 08
Final
57 Ferrum
75 Lynchburg
Non-Conference Game
Sun Nov 11
Final
80 St. Mary's (Md.)
83 Lynchburg
Sat Nov 17
Final
48 Randolph
60 Lynchburg
Sun Nov 25
Final
72 East. Mennonite
87 Lynchburg
Wed Nov 28
Final
66 Emory & Henry
87 Lynchburg
Sat Dec 01
Final
48 Randolph
82 vs. No. 22 Chris. Newport
@ Lynchburg, Va. (Turner Gymnasium) Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 1
Sat Dec 01
Final
64 Mary Washington
69 Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Dec 02
Final
66 Randolph
75 vs. Mary Washington
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 3
Sun Dec 02
Final
64 No. 22 Chris. Newport
77 at Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4 | CODE RED Game
Wed Dec 05
Final
78 No. 22 Lynchburg
82 at Guilford
Sat Dec 08
Final
78 No. 22 Lynchburg
76 at Methodist
Sun Dec 16
4:00 PM
McDaniel
Lynchburg
Sat Dec 29
2:00 PM
Muskingum
vs. Lynchburg
@ Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Guilford Classic
Sun Dec 30
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Greensboro
@ Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Guilford Classic
Tue Jan 01
4:00 PM
Averett
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 05
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Jan 09
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory & Henry
Sat Jan 12
2:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
Lynchburg
Thu Jan 17
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Jan 19
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Wed Jan 23
7:00 PM
Guilford
Lynchburg
Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Sat Jan 26
4:30 PM
Randolph-Macon
Lynchburg
Alumni Day/Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Wed Jan 30
7:30 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
Sat Feb 02
2:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
Lynchburg
View Full Schedule
No Event
No Event
Sat Nov 10
Final
52 N.C. Wesleyan
80 Lynchburg
Note time change
Tue Nov 13
Final
60 Averett
52 Lynchburg
Fri Nov 16
Final
69 Moravian
63 vs. Lynchburg
@ Union, N.J.
Sat Nov 17
Final - 2OT
79 Lynchburg
83 at Kean
Tue Nov 20
Final
49 Lynchburg
64 at Mary Washington
Tue Nov 27
Final
68 Lynchburg
60 at Washington and Lee
Thu Nov 29
Final
55 Lynchburg
58 at Randolph-Macon
Sun Dec 02
Final
74 Lynchburg
62 at Shenandoah
Wed Dec 05
Final
54 Randolph
80 Lynchburg
Sat Dec 08
Final
73 Va. Wesleyan
55 Lynchburg
Sat Dec 29
2:00 PM
Chris. Newport
Lynchburg
Lynchburg Holiday Classic
Sun Dec 30
4:00 PM
Meredith
Lynchburg
Lynchburg Holiday Classic
Sat Jan 05
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Mon Jan 07
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
Lynchburg
Wed Jan 09
7:00 PM
Hollins
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 12
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory & Henry
Wed Jan 16
7:00 PM
Guilford
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 19
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Wed Jan 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
Sat Jan 26
2:00 PM
Roanoke
Lynchburg
Alumni Day
Wed Jan 30
7:00 PM
Emory & Henry
Lynchburg
No Event
No Event
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No events to show.
No events to show.
No Event
No Event
No Event
Sun Oct 28
Final
0 Randolph
3 No. 10 Lynchburg
Game 4 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Sat Nov 03
Final
1 Bridgewater (Va.)
0 No. 10 Lynchburg
Game 7 - ODAC Semifinals
View Full Schedule
No Event
No Event
Sat Oct 27
Final
0 Ferrum
4 No. 15 Lynchburg
Senior Night
Wed Oct 31
Final - 2OT
1 Washington and Lee
2 No. 15 Lynchburg
Game 5 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Sat Nov 03
Final
5 No. 16 Lynchburg
1 vs. Randolph-Macon
@ Bridgewater, Va. Game 7 - ODAC Semifinals
Sun Nov 04
Final
0 Va. Wesleyan
3 vs. No. 16 Lynchburg
@ Bridgewater, Va. Game 8 - ODAC Championship
Sat Nov 10
Final
1 Piedmont
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament - First Round
Sun Nov 11
Final
0 No. 22 Emory
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament - Second Round
Fri Nov 16
Final - PK Away
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
2 vs. No. 2 Messiah
@ Newport News, Va. NCAA Division III Tournament - Third Round
Sat Nov 17
Final
0 No. 17 Lynchburg
1 at No. 8 Chris. Newport
NCAA Division III Tournament - Quarterfinals
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