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Women’s Volleyball Picked to Finish Third in G-MAC Preseason Poll

Thursday, August 22, 2013

PHILIPPI, W.Va. -- The Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) preseason coaches’ poll, released by the conference office Thursday afternoon, predicted that the Alderson Broaddus women’s volleyball team will finish third in conference play.

“I was a little surprised at the rankings when they came out, as to where we were, but that is fine,” explained Head Coach Carrie Bodkins. “We will certainly play to our potential and get where we want to be which is the No. 1 spot.”

Conference coaches tabbed the Battlers as the third best team in the G-MAC despite a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 32-30) victory over preseason favorite Cedarville University last season. AB went 3-0 against current G-MAC members in 2012, and swept all three opponents in straight sets.

The Battlers return a loaded lineup featuring a pair of All-Conference returners headlined by senior libero Jillian Brown (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) and sophomore outside hitter Caitlin Cain (Ashville, Ohio). AB’s 2013 roster features 10 upperclassmen and several impact freshmen and sophomores.

AB reached the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament last season before losing to the University of Charleston in the Quarterfinal Round.

The Battlers open the 2013 campaign at the University of Illinois-Springfield Tournament Feb. 6-7 and face G-MAC opponent Kentucky Wesleyan University in their first match of the season.

Battler volleyball fans can follow AB on Twitter @ABVBALL and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Battlers.

G-MAC PRESEASON COACHES' POLL

Rank

School

2012

vs. G-MAC

1.

Cedarville University (7 First Place votes)

32-6

11-1

2.

Trevecca Nazarene University (1 First Place vote)

23-14

5-3

3.

Alderson Broaddus University

18-17

3-0

4.

Kentucky Wesleyan College

11-23

1-2

5.

Davis & Elkins College

5-21

0-2

6.

Ursuline College

7-30

3-7

7.

Ohio Valley University

6-25

1-2

8.

Central State University

0-16

0-7