We’ve started compiling the Preseason All-Conference Teams and Coaches’ Poll. Not all conferences have released them yet. We’ll add them as they become available. You can find released ones below.
Updated Aug. 17 with America East, American Athletic, Sun Belt and Colonial Athletic Association.
Still missing: Atlantic 10; Horizon League; Ivy League; Metro Atlantic Athletic; Mid-American; Missouri Valley; Mountain West; Northeast; Patriot League; Southern; Summit League; West Coast; Western Athletic
2015 Preseason Poll (1st-place votes)
- New Hampshire (5), 35 points
- Albany (2), 31
- Stony Brook, 24
- UMBC, 23
- Binghamton, 17
- Hartford, 11
- UMass Lowell, 6
Preview each of the teams below (press release) —
New Hampshire Wildcats
2014 record: 20-12, 11-1, AE Champion (1st)
After winning back-to-back America East titles, the UNH Wildcats are the favorite to win once again. UNH led the conference in hitting percentage, assists and kills last season. First-Team All-Conference selection, Tori Forrest, returns for the Wildcats. She led the team with 2.96 kills per set last year.
Albany Great Danes
2014 record: 9-19, 7-5, Runner-up (T-2nd)
The Albany Great Danes are looking to return to glory for the first time since 2011. The Great Danes have failed to win a title in each of the last three years after winning six titles in eight years from 2004-11. Albany brings back First Team All-Conference pick, Laini Leindecker, and second team selection, Amanda Dolan. The Great Danes have traditionally been stellar defensively, leading the conference with a .178 opponent hitting percentage.
Stony Brook Seawolves
2014 record: 17-15, 7-5, AE Semifinals (T-2nd)
Stony Brook finished over the .500 mark for the first time since 2011 last year and tied for second in the conference standings. Seniors Kathy Fletcher and Nicole Vogel return to lead the Seawolves. Both were All-Conference Second Team selections a year ago.
2014 record: 10-15, 4-8, DNQ (6th)
UMBC is on a mission in 2015 after missing the America East tournament field for the first time since 2009 last year. Second Team All-Conference selection, Sherelle Walker, led the attack in 2014, finishing third in the conference with a .278 hitting percentage. The future is bright for the Retrievers who had two All-Rookie selections in Paola Rojas and Marissa Duncan.
2014 record: 9-20, 7-5, AE Semifinals, (T-2nd)
After going 2-15 in the non-conference portion of their schedule, the Bearcats went 7-5 in conference play in 2014 to reach the America East semifinals for the second time in three years. Binghamton returns 2014 America East Rookie of the Year, Alexis LaGoy, who led the league in hitting percentage at .294.
2014 record: 17-13, 5-7, DNQ (5th)
First-year head coach Mitch Kallick looks to lead Hartford to its first America East tournament appearance since 1996. Sophomore Katy Henchy was an All-Rookie selection in 2014 after ranking second on the team in kills and first in blocks
UMass Lowell River Hawks
2014 record: 4-29, 1-11, DNQ (7th)
UMass Lowell had a four-win improvement in 2014, earning their first-ever Division I victories under first-year head coach Resa Provanzano. The River Hawks have a young team with six freshmen and only one senior entering the season.
Preseason Coaches’ Poll
- UCF 94 (7)
- SMU 91 (3)
- Temple 84 (1)
- Tulsa 75
- Cincinnati 56
- Memphis 51
- USF 48
- UConn 41
T-9. East Carolina 22
T-9. Tulane 22
- Houston 21
Preseason Player of the Year:
- Avery Acker, SMU
- Kia Bright, UCF*
- Jale Hervey, UCF*
- Emma Roberson, Cincinnati*
- Immanuella Anagu, UConn
- Avery Acker, SMU
- Janelle Giordano, SMU
- Morgan Heise, SMU
- Tyler Davis, Temple
- Kirsten Overton, Temple
- Dara Peric, Temple
- Sandra Sydlik, Temple
- Erica Bohannon, Tulsa*
[*] Denotes unanimous selection
2015 ACC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish
- North Carolina (190 points, 8 first place votes)
- Florida State (189, 7)
- Duke (167)
- Miami (156)
- Louisville (135)
- Virginia (125)
- Pitt (124)
- Virginia Tech (108)
- Notre Dame (79)
- Georgia Tech (74)
- Syracuse (68)
- NC State (48)
- Boston College (38)
- Wake Forest (33)
2015 Preseason All-ACC Team
- Sasha Karelov, Jr., DS/L, Duke
- Emily Sklar, Sr., OH, Duke
- Jordan Tucker, Jr., MB, Duke
- Sarah Burrington, R-Jr., MB, Florida State
- Katie Horton, Jr., OH, Florida State
- Nicole Walch, Sr., OH, Florida State
- Erin Fairs, Sr., OH, Louisville
- Katie George, Sr., S, Louisville
- Olga Strantzali, So., OH, Miami
- Haley Templeton, So., S, Miami
- Victoria McPherson, Sr., MB, North Carolina
- Paige Neuenfeldt, Sr., MB, North Carolina
- Taylor Treacy, R-Jr., OH/Opp, North Carolina
- Sam Fry, So., MB/RS, Notre Dame
- Amanda Orchard, Sr., MH, Pitt
- Silvi Uattara, Sr., OH, Syracuse
- Lauren Fuller, Sr., S, Virginia
- Lindsey Owens, Jr., OH, Virginia Tech
2015 Atlantic Sun Volleyball Preseason All-Conference Team (press release):
- Brittnay Estes, OH, Sr., Lipscomb – Finished the 2014 season with five consecutive double-doubles on her way to Second Team All-Conference and All-Tournament honors. Ranked 10th in the A-Sun with 3.3 points per set, while also hitting .207 on this season.
- Eleonora Kazarian, OH, Sr., FGCU – Had a stellar first season for the Eagles in 2014, finishing third in the league in kills (402) and kills per set (3.44). She recorded 20 kills or more in five matches including a season-high 25 on October 31st. Earned First Team All-Conference honors in 2014.
- Emily Laskelle, OPP, Sr., Jacksonville – Earned 2014 All-Tournament honors after leading Dolphins to back-to-back A-Sun Championships. Ranked ninth in the league with a .241 hitting percentage. Her 92 total blocks ranked eighth in the A-Sun last season.
- Katarina Morton, DS/Libero, So., Kennesaw State – Led the Owls on the defensive end with 476 digs and ranked second in the A-Sun with 4.37 digs per set. Added 31 service aces on offense in 2014. During conference play, Morton raised her digs per set average to 4.90.
- Molly Spitznagle, MB, Sr., Lipscomb – Had a breakout season in 2014 ranking fourth in hitting percentage at .268 overall, .316 in conference play. Set a new career-high with 19 kills last season, while recording double-digit kills in 12 matches.
- Courtney Miller, OH, So., North Florida – The 2014 A-Sun Freshman of the Year was a three-time A-Sun Freshman of the Week pick last season. Led her team with 335 kills and registered nine double-doubles. Finished the season with nine matches of 15 kills or more, including a season-high 21 in win over Kennesaw State.
- Kayla Eversgerd, OH, Sr., USC Upstate – Becomes the first Spartan to earn Preseason All-Conference accolades. Ranked ninth in the conference with 2.98 kills per set last season. One of only two players in the conference to rank in top-10 for kills per set and digs per set.
- Madison Akins, RS, Jr., Stetson – A Second Team All-Conference selection in 2014. Finished the season with 3.05 kills per set, good for seventh in the conference. Ranked second in the A-Sun in aces per set at 0.35. Posted 20 matches of double-digit kills for Hatters in 2014.
*- Denotes a unanimous selection to all-conference team
**- A tie in voting resulted in an eight-person team
2015 Atlantic Sun Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Pl. Team 1st Place Votes Points 2014 Record
- Lipscomb 7 63 21-9 (13-1)
- FGCU 1 52 19-11 (11-3)
- Jacksonville 41 19-15 (7-7)
- North Florida 38 13-18 (6-8)
- Stetson 30 16-13 (7-7)
- Kennesaw State 28 10-19 (4-10)
- USC Upstate 20 10-20 (1-13)
- NJIT 16 13-22
For the fourth-straight year, the Atlantic Sun took to social media to poll the fans for the conference preseason superlative awards. Lipscomb’s Brittnay Estes was also the fan’s choice for Preseason Player of the Year, while Jacksonville’s Jizzyan Gesualdo and Mayara Prestes landed the Fan-Voted Preseason Setter and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively.
2015 BIG 12 VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON POLL
Rank Team (First-place votes)Points
- Texas (8) 64
- Iowa State 53
- Oklahoma (1) 49
- Kansas 43
- K-State 41
- Baylor 26
- TCU 24
- Texas Tech 16
- West Virginia 8
Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
2015 BIG 12 PRESEASON VOLLEYBALL TEAM & AWARDS
Preseason Player of the Year:
- Kierra Holst, Oklahoma, Sr., OH, 6-4
- Chiaka Ogbogu, Texas, Jr., MB, 6-2
Preseason Freshman of the Year:
- Micaya White, Texas, OH, 6-1
- Andie Malloy, Baylor*^ OH 6-2 Sr.
- Caitlin Nolan, Iowa State*^ DS/L 5-8 Sr.
- Ainise Havili, Kansas S 5-10 So.
- Kelsie Payne, Kansas RS 6-3 So.
- Tayler Soucie, Kansas^ MB 6-1 Jr.
- Katie Brand, Kansas State^ S 6-1 Jr.
- Kylee Zumach, Kansas State*^ OH 6-4 So.
- Julia Doyle, Oklahoma^ S 6-2 Sr.
- Kierra Holst, Oklahoma*^ OH 6-4 Sr.
- Madison Ward, Oklahoma^ OH 6-1 Jr.
- Ashley Smith, TCU OH 6-1 Jr.
- Molly McCage, Texas MB 6-3 Sr.
- Ebony Nwanebu, Texas*^ OPP 6-4 Jr.
- Chiaka Ogbogu, Texas MB 6-2 Jr.
- Lauren Douglass, Texas Tech MB/RS 6-2 Jr.
* – Unanimous Selection
^ – 2014 All-Big 12 First Team honoree
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
2015 Preseason Volleyball All-BIG EAST Team and Awards
Preseason Player of the Year – Jess Bird, Creighton, Jr., OH
Preseason All-BIG EAST
(listed alphabetically by institution, then last name)
- Kayla Bivins, Butler, R-Jr., MB
- Makayla Ferguson, Butler, So. S
- Jess Bird, Creighton, Jr., OH
- Kate Elman, Creighton, Sr., DS
- Lauren Smith, Creighton, R-Jr., MB
- Meghan Niemann, Marquette, RS-Jr., MH
- Karin Palgutova, St. John’s, Sr., OH
- Shawna-Lei Santos, St. John’s, Sr., L/DS
- Tessa Fournier, Seton Hall, Jr., L
- Amanda Hansen, Seton Hall, Sr., MB
- Lauren Carpenter, Villanova, Sr., OH
- Abbey Bessler, Xavier, Jr., OH
Preseason Coaches’ Poll
First place votes in ( )
- ^ Creighton – 81 pts. (9)
- Marquette – 69 pts. (1)
- Xavier – 62 pts.
- St. John’s – 53 pts.
- Butler – 52 pts.
- Seton Hall – 41 pts.
- Villanova – 34 pts.
- Georgetown – 28 pts.
- DePaul – 20 pts.
- Providence – 10 pts.
^ – denotes unanimous selection
2015 Volleyball Preseason Poll
- Idaho State 108 (4)
- Northern Arizona 106 (3)
- North Dakota 101 (3)
- Northern Colorado 101 (2)
- Idaho 84
- Portland State 65
- Montana 53
- Eastern Washington 52
- Southern Utah 34
T10. Sacramento State 30
T10. Weber State 30
- Montana State 28
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
- Leah Hardeman, Coastal Carolina, Soph., OH (Preseason Player of the Year)
- Caroline Douglas, Liberty, R-Sr., OH
- Rachel Lenz, Winthrop, Sr., MB
- Jade Vorster, Liberty, Sr., MB
- Eszter Nagy, Coastal Carolina, Sr., MB
- Mary Crema, Campbell, Sr., LIB
- Maddie Palmer, Radford, Soph., OH
(first-place votes) Points
- Coastal Carolina (7) 97
- Liberty (2) 89
T-3. Radford (1) 73
T-3. Winthrop 73
- High Point 66
- Campbell 44
- Presbyterian 35
- Gardner-Webb 33
- UNC Asheville 22
- Charleston Southern 18
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