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Volleyball's Quinci Hayward Named to the Preseason All-Conference Team

Junior Quinci Hayward

July 31, 2014

IRVING, Texas - Defending Conference USA regular-season and tournament champion UTSA has been tabbed as the 2014 C-USA Volleyball preseason favorite. The Roadrunners collected 161 points in the preseason votes as selected by the league's 13 head coaches.

The Roadrunners produced a 24-8 overall record and 13-1 league mark in 2013. Head coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff welcomes back 10 letterwinners and six starters from that squad for her 13th season at the helm.

Newcomer WKU was selected second, placing three student-athletes on the preseason all-conference team, including preseason Player of the Year Noelle Langenkamp. The Hilltoppers won the 2013 Sun Belt regular season at 17-1 and finished 27-6 overall. Rice ranked third, followed by North Texas in fourth and Southern Miss and UAB tied for fifth place.

Southern Miss junior middle blocker Quinci Hayward led the Golden Eagles with 4.11 kills per game to rank fifth in Conference USA. She earned a spot on the 2013 All-C-USA Second Team, ranking among the top 10 in the league for points with 495.5. In addition, Hayward was named to the 2013 C-USA All-Tournament Team while also earning South Region honorable mention.

The 2014 volleyball campaign is slated to start with a host of tournament play beginning Aug. 29-30. Southern Miss will serve as host to the 2014 Conference USA Volleyball Championship, which will take place Nov. 21-23.

2014 Conference USA Volleyball Preseason Team
Name	           School	     Pos.	Ht.	Yr.	Hometown
Sammie Bane	   Marshall	     S	        5-4	Sr.	Brownstown, Ind.
Chelsea Ross	   Middle Tennessee  OH	        5-11	Jr.	Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Carnae Dillard	   North Texas	     OH	        5-11	Jr.	Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Amy Henard	   North Texas	     S	        5-11	So.	Weatherford, Texas
Sara Blasier	   Rice	             S	        6-1	So.	Hartford, Wis.
Quinci Hayward	   Southern Miss     MB	        6-5	Jr.	New Orleans, La.
Sara Rishell	   UAB	             MB	        6-2	Sr.	Smithsburg, Md.
Talia Jones	   UTEP	             OH	        5-9	Jr.	Gold Canyon, Ariz.
Dajana Boskovic	   UTSA	             OH	        6-1	So.	Bileca, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Jessica Waldrip	   UTSA	             S	        5-10	So.	New Braunfels, Texas
Haley Bodway	   WKU	             OH	        6-0	Jr.	Bloomington, Minn.
Heather Boyan	   WKU	             MH	        6-1	Sr.	Munster, Ind.
Noelle Langenkamp  WKU	             MH	        6-2	Jr.	Cincinnati, Ohio
2014 C-USA Volleyball Preseason Player of the Year
Noelle Langenkamp - WKU

2014 Conference USA Volleyball Preseason Poll

2. WKU
3. Rice
4. North Texas
5. Southern Miss (tie)
5. UAB (tie)
7. Middle Tennessee
8. Marshall
9. FIU
10. UTEP
11. Florida Atlantic
12. Charlotte
13. Louisiana Tech

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