Volleyball Picked to Finish Fourth in Inaugural American Athletic Conference Season|
Aug 21, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati volleyball team was chosen to finish fourth among the 10 American Athletic Conference teams during the conference’s inaugural season. Each head coach received a vote in the poll and could not vote for their own team.
The Bearcats earned a total of 53 points, 13 behind poll leader No. 19 Louisville which earned seven first-place votes. UCF was picked to finish second with 69 points and two first-place votes while Connecticut rounds out the top-three teams with 59 points and one first-place vote.
In addition to the preseason poll, coaches also picked the preseason All-American Athletic Conference team which included the Bearcats’ lone senior Emmi MacIntyre (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown). MacIntyre, who finished the 2012 season with All-BIG EAST second team honors, currently ranks second in program history with a 4.24 digs/set mark and third with 1,607 career digs.
Cincinnati, led by second-year head coach Molly Alvey, will feature returning starters MacIntyre and junior Me’Ashah Nicholson (Shiloh, Ill./Belleville Althoff) and also will showcase plenty of young talent. Seven freshmen will suit up for the Bearcats, including redshirt freshman Alison Kimmel (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) and true freshmen Breanna Barksdale (Chula Vista, Calif./Eastlake), Mallory Blauser (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock Christian Academy), Kristin Conor (Lone Tree, Colo./ Highlands Ranch), Shelby Green (Dripping Springs, Texas/Dripping Springs), Ciara Hill (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) and Samantha Schrenker (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community).
UC will open its season on Friday, Aug. 30 when they host Butler at 12:30 p.m. and Tennessee at 7 p.m. The matches will be a part of the UC Invitational tournament for which the Bearcats will also play Morehead State at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31. 2013 American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll
2013 American Athletic Conference Volleyball Preseason AwardsPreseason Co-Players of the YearBrooke Mattingly, Louisville, Sr., MBEmily Juhl, Louisville, Sr., OH
Preseason TeamAngelica Crump, UCF, Sr., OH*Erin Fairs, USF, So., OHEmily Howard, Houston, So., MB*Emily Juhl, Louisville, Sr., OHHannah Kvittle, Louisville, Sr., SMaddie Lozano, SMU, Sr., MBEmmi MacIntyre, Cincinnati, Sr., DSGabriella Matautia, Temple, Sr., RS*Brooke Mattingly, Louisville, Sr., MB*DeLaina Sarden, UCF, Jr., MB*Caitlin Welch, Louisville, Sr., DS*Caroline Young, SMU, Jr., OH