YORK, Pa. - On Friday morning, the Capital Athletic Conference announced their Preseason Coaches' Poll for volleyball, selecting the Wesley College volleyball team to finish ninth in 2015.
In 2014, the squad finished with a 12-15 overall record and a 1-8 mark in conference play with their only CAC win coming against Penn State Harrisburg. Wesley enters 2015 as one of three CAC programs with a new head coach, and will look to turn heads in the conference this season.
Wesley graduated just one senior from the 2014 team and return their top four hitters to begin the 2015 campaign. Defensive specialist Meghan Marshall, last year's team leader in digs, returns to help bolster the team's back line as well. First year head coach Lindsay Miller will look to guide the Wolverines into the CAC playoffs for the first time since joining the conference in 2007.
Christopher Newport University was once again the team atop the preseason poll with nine first-place votes and 81 points. Salisbury (62 points) edged Mary Washington (59 points, 1 first-place vote) for second place in the poll, followed by other 2014 playoff teams St. Mary's (57 points), Marymount (54 points) and Southern Virginia (48 points) in the top six. Rounding out the preseason poll were Frostburg State (37 points) in seventh, York (26 points), Wesley (17 points) and Penn State Harrisburg (9 points).
CNU represented the CAC in the NCAA Tournament in 2014, advancing all the way to the Elite 8 before falling to Calvin, 3-1.
The Wolverines will begin their season with a non-conference matchup against Notre Dame College (Md.) on Sept. 1. The squad will host Mary Washington in the conference opener on Sept. 25.
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