Volleyball Picked Ninth In Conference Preseason Poll

Volleyball Picked Ninth In Conference Preseason Poll

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C.-The University of Mount Olive volleyball team has been picked ninth in the Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball preseason coaches poll in an announcement on Wednesday. The poll is voted on by head coaches of the 11 member institutions.

Coming off a 4-23 season that saw the Trojans finish 10th in the conference, Mount Olive returns 359 sets worth of experience. Among the Trojans' returnees are junior outside hitter Britni Johnson, who finished second on the team in 2015 with 149 kills, and sophomore setter Danielle Stachura, who amassed a team-high 351 assists a year ago.

Also returning are a host of juniors in libero Casey Fiechter, defensive specialist/libero Samantha Winfield, outside hitter Mackenzie Call, and rightside hitter Shelby Wyatt, along with sophomore middle blocker Sydney Kanupp.

UMO received 28 points in the poll, ten behind Lees-McRae College, which was picked to finish eighth. Erskine College, the Conference Carolinas Tournament champion a year ago, was a unanimous first-place selection, receiving 10 first-place votes and 100 points to top the conference.

The Trojans begin the season September 2-3 when they compete in the Spike Out Hunger Challenge, hosted by Winston-Salem State University. UMO will open its home slate on September 16 when it hosts Erskine in the Conference Carolinas opener.