IRVING, Texas - Defending Conference USA volleyball champion WKU has been tabbed as the 2015 C-USA Volleyball preseason favorite, as voted by the league's 13 head coaches while North Texas player was picked as the preseason Player of the Year.
UTSA was picked to finish second while Rice and North Texas rounded out the top four. Southern Miss was picked to finish six, behind Florida Atlantic.
The reigning Libero of the Year Mary Pursell was named to the 2015 preseason all-conference team. She was a first team selection last season. She finished with 546 digs and ranked third overall in the league while sitting atop of that category against C-USA teams. Pursell totaled 28 matches with double digit digs, including her last 24. She also had the team in digs at 4.51 digs per set. She was named Defensive Player of the Week.
The 2015 volleyball season gets underway when the Golden Eagles host their annual Southern Miss Invitational, Aug. 28-29. The two-day event will feature Nicholls, Mercer, Southern and host Southern Miss.
2015 C-USA Volleyball Preseason Player of the Year
Carnae Dillard, North Texas
2015 C-USA Volleyball Preseason Team
Katarina Stepanovic Florida Atlantic MB Sr. Barosevac, Serbia Ally Kiekover Marshall MB Jr. Grand Rapids, Mich. Chelsea Ross Middle Tennessee OH Sr. Murfreesboro, Tenn. Carnae Dillard North Texas OH Sr. San Antonio, Texas Chelsey Harris Rice RS Jr. Houston, Texas Leah Mikesky Rice OH R-Jr. Schulenburg, Texas Mary Pursell Southern Miss L/DS Sr. Kenner, La. Dajana Boskovic UTSA OH Jr. Bileca, Bosnia & Herzegovina Jessica Waldrip UTSA S Jr. New Braunfels, Texas Alyssa Cavanaugh WKU OH So. Louisville, Ky. Jessica Lucas WKU S So. Seymour, Ind. Noelle Langenkamp WKU MH Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio2015 C-USA Volleyball Preseason Poll
4. North Texas
5. Florida Atlantic
6. Southern Miss
8. Middle Tennessee
13. Louisiana Tech
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