Women's Volleyball

Bobcats favored to win Conference Carolinas crown

Bobcats favored to win Conference Carolinas crown

HIGH POINT, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team is favored to finish first in the race for the 2011 Conference Carolinas regular season championship, announced league officials Monday with the release of the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll.

Lees-McRae primed for a run at the program's 14th Conference Carolinas title in the last 15 years, returning five starters from last year's 25-8 squad, which posted an unblemished 18-0 record in league play en route to both the conference regular season and tournament crowns. The Bobcats topped the poll with 113 points and six first-place votes, followed closely by Erskine College with 112 points and three first-place votes.

Newcomer King College (Tenn.) is third with 97 points and three first-place votes, while Belmont Abbey College (85) and Queens University of Charlotte (84) round out the top five. Barton College is sixth with 64 points, followed by Pfeiffer University (58), Limestone College (48), Mount Olive College (47), and North Greenville University (41), Coker College (24) and Converse College (19) round out the poll.

Megan Epperson (St. John, Ind.), Taylor Clendenin (Statesville, N.C.), and Megan Mitchell (Minden, Nev.) return to anchor the Bobcat rotation, and with the help of key returners Jessica Singewald (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Lauren Fox (Garland, Texas), Dana Oliver (Davie, Fla.), and Kortnie Curry (Lexington, N.C.) look poised for a deep run into the NCAA Tournament under the guidance of head coach Wes Schneider.

"I'm excited for this season and hope that we do well," said Schneider. "Everyone in the conference has gotten a ton better and I think the conference will be the best it's been in a long time. I look forward to the competition."

Lees-McRae opens the season on Friday, September 2 when the Bobcats host Lander University and Wingate University as part of the Carolina Challenge in Williams Gymnasium. The Bobcats will take on Lander at 5 p.m., followed by Wingate at 7 p.m.

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Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rk. School (First-place votes) Points
1 Lees-McRae (6) 113
2 Erskine (3) 112
3 King (3) 97
4 Belmont Abbey 85
5 Queens 84
6 Barton 64
7 Pfeiffer 58
8 Limestone 48
9 Mount Olive 47
10 North Greenville 41
11 Coker 24
12 Converse 19