August 29, 2012

W&L Volleyball Selected Second in ODAC Preseason Coaches' Poll

FOREST, Va. — The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2012 volleyball preseason coaches’ poll on Wednesday, and Washington and Lee was picked second out of 12 schools. The Generals garnered three first-place votes and 113 points.

Defending league champion Randolph-Macon received eight first-place votes as part of 118 total points to lead the voting. Following W&L, Lynchburg totaled 101 points and one first-place vote to sit in third. Virginia Wesleyan was fourth with 86 points and Bridgewater completed the top five with 83 points. Rounding out the poll were Emory & Henry (64), Guilford (62), Shenandoah (40), Randolph (38), Roanoke (38), Hollins (37) and Eastern Mennonite (12).

The Generals ended the 2011 season with a 3-1 loss in the ODAC Tournament Championship to Randolph-Macon. The Blue and White finished with a 27-8 record overall and went 10-0 in the ODAC regular season.

W&L returns seven players from last year’s squad, including five of the seven starters from the ODAC Championship Match. The team also brings in seven first-year athletes.

Juniors M.A. Boles (Houston, Texas/St. John’s School) and Meghan Meleski (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) headline the group of returners. An outside hitter, Boles was the ODAC Player of the Year last season as well as First Team All-ODAC, First Team VaSID and AVCA Honorable Mention All-South Region. A setter, Meleski earned First Team All-ODAC honors and Second Team VaSID last year.

The Generals open the regular season at the Maryville Invitational on Aug. 31. The Blue and White play Centre College and fourth-ranked Emory on Friday.

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.

 

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