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Aug 21, 2014 8:47 PM by Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Islander Volleyball Picked Third in Southland Preseason Polls

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team has been selected to finish third in the Southland Conference in both the league coaches' and sports information directors' polls, the conference announced today.

"This is our highest preseason ranking in program history, and it's exciting to see that others in the Southland have high expectations for us this season," head coach Tony Graystone said. "We know how competitive the conference is and how tough the road will be, but we have a strong, committed team with some great leaders, and we are going to do everything possible to reach the goals we have set for ourselves. I feel really good about the team we have put together and am looking forward to getting started next week."

The Islanders received 118 total points from the coaches and 117 from the SIDs in the preseason poll. Two-time defending regular-season and conference tournament champion Central Arkansas topped Northwestern State for the top spot in both polls, while Sam Houston State was selected to finish in fourth place behind the Islanders in both polls. Rounding out the top five was Stephen F. Austin.

A&M - Corpus Christi clinched their first tournament win in Southland history last season while putting together a school-best 13-5 record in conference play. On Wednesday, the Islanders placed three players on the All-Southland Preseason teams with senior Brianna Brink, and junior Ivy Baresh earning first-team honors and senior Ashley Phelps claiming second-team accolades.

The Islanders have added nine newcomers to compliment their roster of seven returners, and will open the season on Friday, Aug 29, in Waco, Texas, at the two-day Baylor Invite against Portland. The Islanders will host their first match of the season on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. against Southland foe Incarnate Word. The match will be part of the Islanders Classic.

For all the latest on Islanders Volleyball, like the team on Facebook (IslandersVolleyball) and follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersVB).

2014 Southland Conference Volleyball Preseason Polls

COACHES POLL

Rk. School (first-place votes)

1. Central Arkansas (8)

2. Northwestern State (5)

3. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

4. Sam Houston State

5. Stephen F. Austin

6. Houston Baptist

7. UIW

8. McNeese State

9. Lamar

10. Southeastern Louisiana

11. Abilene Christian

12. Nicholls

13. New Orleans


SID POLL

Rk. School (first-place votes)

1. Central Arkansas (10)

2. Northwestern State (3)

3. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

4. Sam Houston State

5. Stephen F. Austin

6t. Houston Baptist

6t. McNeese State

8. Lamar

9. UIW

10. Southeastern Louisiana

11. Abilene Christian

12. Nicholls

13. New Orleans

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