VB: Mavs picked to finish 6th in SBC

Diane Seymour and her Mavs were picked to finish sixth in the Sun Belt.

Aug 26, 2013

By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – The UT Arlington volleyball team was picked to finish sixth in the Sun Belt Preseason Coaches' Poll the conference announced Monday.

"Being picked sixth overall I think is a good position for us to be in," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "We know that we think we'll finish higher than that and we're definitely determined to do so. I'm okay with being picked sixth – we're right in the middle of the pack and there's nothing wrong with that. That means you're better than some people and you have a chance to rise to the top."

Western Kentucky received the top spot in the poll with all ten head coaches' votes. UALR and Troy are tied for second with 77 points each followed by another tie for fourth between Arkansas State and SBC newcomer Texas State with 64 points.

Louisiana-Lafayette is a close seventh to UT Arlington's sixth place with 46 points, just one shy of the Mavs' 47. South Alabama occupies the eighth slot with 39 points followed by Georgia State with 24 points in ninth. Louisiana-Monroe rounds out the 2013 Sun Belt preseason coaches' poll in tenth place with 13 points.

"I definitely want to move up in the final poll and anything is possible in volleyball," Seymour said. "The game is played with such a pace that momentum can go either way on any given night. I think that we're in a good position in the Sun Belt where anything could happen for us. I definitely think that we will probably beat a few of those teams ranked ahead of us and it could be Western Kentucky."

The Sun Belt also released the preseason all-conference team members and player of the year honors, listed below.



2013 SBC Preseason All-Conference Team
Edina Begic (UALR, Junior, OH)

Amari Deardorff (Texas State, Senior, RS)

Alexandra Alexander (Troy, Senior, S)

Blair Winston (Troy, Sophomore, OH)

Heather Boyan (WKU, Junior, MH)

Ashley Potts (WKU, Senior, DS)

Melanie Stutsman (WKU, Senior, S)

Paige Wessel (WKU, RS-Senior, OH)

2013 SBC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Edina Begic (UALR, Junior, OH)

2013 SBC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Ashley Potts (WKU, Senior, DS)

2013 SBC Preseason Setter Player of the Year
Melanie Stutsman (WKU, Senior, S)

For the complete Sun Belt release regarding the preseason coaches' poll as well as all-conference team and player of the year honors, please click here.


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