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
4. North Texas
5. Southern Miss (tie)
5. UAB (tie)
7. Middle Tennessee
11. Florida Atlantic
13. Louisiana Tech