Aug 21, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Coming off a 19-12 season in its final run in the BIG EAST, the UConn volleyball team has been selected to finish third in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the league today (Aug. 20). The Huskies were one of three teams to receive a first place vote in the poll.
UConn finished behind first-place pick and defending BIG EAST champions Louisville, who received seven first place votes and 79 points overall. UCF, the runners-up of the 2012 Conference USA Tournament, received a pair of first place votes and 69 points to finish second in the poll. UConn totaled 59 points to go along with its first place vote.
Cincinnati, which totaled 53 points, came in at fourth, followed in order by USF, SMU, Temple, Houston, Rutgers and Memphis to round out the top-ten.
Louisville boasts the league's Preseason Co-Players of the Year in seniors Brooke Mattingly and Emily Juhl. Those two join USF's Erin Fairs, UCF's DeLaina Sarden, teammate Caitlin Welch and SMU's Caroline Young as unanimous All-American Athletic Conference Preseason Team selections.
UConn went 10-5 in BIG EAST play last year, leading to a fourth place league finish. Head Coach Holly Strauss-O'Brien, the 2012 BIG EAST Co-Coach of the Year, returns 10 letter winners from last year's squad, including five starters.
The Huskies will hold their annual Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage later this afternoon, and a recap of that contest along with a season preview will follow shortly. The regular season begins on Aug. 30, when UConn travels to Fort Wayne, Ind. to take on Southern Illinois, Duquesne and host IPFW in the IPFW Invitational.
2013 American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll
School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Louisville (7) 79
2. UCF (2) 69
3. UConn (1) 59
4. Cincinnati 53
5. USF 49
6. SMU 41
7. Temple 36
8. Houston 26
9. Rutgers 21
10. Memphis 17
2013 American Athletic Conference Volleyball Preseason Awards
American Athletic Conference Preseason Co-Players of the Year
Brooke Mattingly, Louisville, Sr., MB
Emily Juhl, Louisville, Sr., OH
All- American Athletic Conference Preseason Team
Angelica Crump, UCF, Sr., OH
* Erin Fairs, USF. So., OH
Emily Howard, Houston, So., MB
* Emily Juhl, Louisville, Sr., OH
Hannah Kvittle, Louisville, Sr., S
Maddie Lozano, SMU, Sr., MB
Emmi MacIntyre, Cincinnati, Sr., DS
Gabriella Matautia, Temple, Sr., RS
* Brooke Mattingly, Louisville, Sr., MB
* DeLaina Sarden, UCF, Jr., MB
* Caitlin Welch, Louisville, Sr., DS/L
* Caroline Young, SMU, Jr., OH
* - unanimous selection