Aug. 17, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Connecticut volleyball team has been slated 10th in the BIG EAST Conference preseason poll, released by the league on Friday afternoon. The Huskies are coming off a 14-15 season and a 12th place finish in the league. With the departure of
UConn’s season gets underway at the LMU Invitational, hosted by Loyola Marymount in
|1. Louisville (12)||168||13-1||24-9|
|2. Marquette (1)||150||12-2||24-11|
|3. Notre Dame||140||8-6||17-13|
|4. Cincinnati (1)||139||12-2||27-10|
|7. Seton Hall||88||8-6||17-13|
|12. St. John's||33||1-13||10-21|
From the official BIG EAST press release:
The University of Louisville has been selected as the favorite in the 2012 BIG EAST Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll. For the second consecutive season and fourth time in five years (2008, ‘09, ‘11, ‘12) the Cardinals were selected to win the league’s regular-season title, this year receiving 168 points and 12 first-place votes.
Since the inception of round-robin play in 1990, 20 of the last 22 preseason favorites have advanced to the finals of the BIG EAST Championship. Of those favorites, 15 have captured the tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Championship, while 15 have taken the regular-season title. Teams have won both the regular-season title and BIG EAST Championship 14 times, most recently
Claiming the number three spot in the preseason poll was Notre Dame (17-13, 8-6 BIG EAST) with 140 total points. The Fighting Irish earned a spot in the BIG EAST title game in 2011 after knocking off the No. 1 seed in the semifinals. Sophomore Jeni Houser led the squad to the title match en route to 2011 All-Tournament Team honors. Houser’s impressive freshman season earned her Second Team All-BIG EAST honors and a 2012 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team selection.
The reigning BIG EAST Champion,
Senior Samantha Hinz and junior Lindsay McCabe of
The volleyball season will start on Aug. 24 with every team playing a nonconference opponent prior to league play. BIG EAST play begins with a 14-match opening weekend on Sept. 21-23. The BIG EAST’s 14 volleyball teams play every league school once and two schools twice for a 15-game schedule. The top eight finishers in the BIG EAST standings, based on winning percentage, advance to the BIG EAST Volleyball Championship.
First-round action of the BIG EAST Volleyball Championship will begin on Nov. 16. The event spans three days and is single elimination. The championship game will take place on Nov. 18 and the tournament champion will receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA’s 32nd Annual Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship.