LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University volleyball and Life University tied for fifth place in the Mid-South Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll announced Wednesday by the league office.
The Phoenix dropped a 3-2 decision to Campbellsville University in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Championships last season, finishing with an overall record of 15-17 and a conference mark of 7-9.
Head coach Kathy Slaughter begins her third season with 10 returning letterwinners and three starters while adding 12 newcomers to the team.
The Phoenix must replace Second Team All-Mid-South Conference performer Maci Lerno, who ranked 10th in the nation in kills per game (4.141) and 17th in total kills (505) in 2015 and combined for 359 kills and 364 digs last season.
Second Team All-Mid-South Conference honoree Amanda Worrell returns for her final campaign after recording 292 kills, registering 14 matches with double-figure kills last year. Taylor Kasper ranked first on the team last season in digs, collecting 410 and posting a season-high 32 against Webber International.
Cumberland’s first match takes place August 18th against Northwestern Ohio at the Lindsey Wilson Classic in Columbia, Ky. The Phoenix open the home schedule September 12th against Lindsey Wilson at 7 p.m.
Defending conference regular season champions Lindsey Wilson received 49 total points and seven first-place votes from the coaches for first place in the preseason poll. Georgetown College was second with 41 points and one first-place vote.
Campbellsville University finished third with 35 points, followed by the University of the Cumberlands with 31. Cumberland University and Life University tied for fifth with 24 points and Shawnee State and Pikeville rounded out the poll.
2017 Mid-South Conference
Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll
|No.||School (first-place votes)||Points||2016 Record
|1.||Lindsey Wilson (7)||49||35-2 (13-1)|
|2.||Georgetown College (1)||41||30-10 (12-2)|
|3.||Campbellsville Univ.||35||30-13 (10-4)|
|4.||Univ. of the Cumberlands||31||21-9 (9-5)|
|T-5.||Cumberland Univ.||24||19-14 (5-9)|
|Life Univ.||24||20-12 (5-9)|
|7.||Univ. of Pikeville||11||17-17 (2-12)|
|8.||Shawnee State||9||5-25 (0-14)|