ASC Preseason Poll

The ASC have announced their preseason volleyball poll, which you can find here.

The most surprising thing to me in the article is that I missed a college participating in the ASC this season!  Not a good start for this blog but I hope you will forgive me.  So, without further ado, please welcome Louisiana College to the ASC East Division.  They are a full DIII member after starting the program last season and playing only club volleyball in 2016.  An update to my ASC predictions will be made shortly.

The ASC coaches and SIDs voted UTD as the unanimous choice in the East Division receiving all 24 first place votes.  The East rankings were:

ASC Volleyball Preseason Poll
East Division

Rank Team (1st) Pts. 2016 Record (ASC)
1. UT Dallas (24) 144 32-3 (12-0)
2. UT Tyler 117 18-9 (7-5)
3. East Texas Baptist 96 13-14 (5-7)
4. Belhaven# 60 13-17 (n/a)
5. LeTourneau 54 9-24 (1-11)
6. Louisiana College 31 2017 First Varsity Season

# Eligible for ASC regular-season title, ineligible for ASC Championship/NCAA Division III Championship Tournaments (NCAA Div. III Provisional)

In my predictions, I did not rank Belhaven as they are not eligible but this is where I would have placed them.  Louisiana College will probably be a tough out for LeTourneau but I will also agree with that ordering, as well.  So, my predictions match the ASC although I’m a little surprised UTT didn’t get any first place votes.

The West rankings were:

West Division

Rank Team (1st) Pts. 2016 Record (ASC)
1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (18) 136 21-10 (11-3)
2. Hardin-Simmons 110 16-13 (10-4)
3. McMurry (2)% 103 20-12 (8-6)
4. Concordia Texas 70 10-15 (5-9)
5. Howard Payne 60 11-16 (5-9)
6. Sul Ross State 25 3-24 (2-12)

% Eligible for ASC regular-season title, ineligible for ASC Championship/NCAA Division III Championship Tournaments (NCAA Div. III Reclassifying)

My predictions have Hardin-Simmons over UMHB but everything else the same.  Once again, I didn’t rank McMurry but this is where I would have placed them.  My latest ASC update, however, makes note of the strong UMHB incoming class so I also would vote UMHB first in the west.  There are 4 missing first place votes and I assume they were given to Hardin-Simmons but just not noted.

The ASC Watch List:

ASC Volleyball Players to Watch List
East Division

Name Pos. Cl. Team
Kelly Aholt S Sr. Belhaven
Paris Babino S Fr. Louisiana College
Dylan Brinkman*E OH So. UT Dallas
Brieanne Brown RS Sr. UT Tyler
Bailey Byas MB So. East Texas Baptist
Olivia Huval DS Fr. Louisiana College
Samantha Lee MB Jr. UT Tyler
Allison Sevening RS Jr. East Texas Baptist
Caroline ShecterleE S So. UT Dallas
Savanna Stutts RS/MB Sr. LeTourneau

West Division

Name Cl. Pos. Team
Zhartaezia BradleyW MB Jr. Howard Payne
Carly CusterW OH Sr. Concordia Texas
Natasha Evans*W S/RS Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor
Allison KusterW OH Jr. Hardin-Simmons
Cheyanne LoveladyW S Sr. Howard Payne
Justice McGowan*W MB So. McMurry
Sarah Paolini MB So. Mary Hardin-Baylor
Odalis Rodriguez L Jr. McMurry
Grace Schulz*W MB Sr. Hardin-Simmons
Marissa Stinson MB So. Concordia Texas
Breean Sturges OH Sr. Sul Ross State
McKenna ThomasW L Sr. Sul Ross State

2016 All-ASC Selection*
2016 East Division Selection E
2016 West Division Selection W

 

 

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