Volleyball Ranked No. 19 in AVCA Preseason Poll

Volleyball Ranked No. 19 in AVCA Preseason Poll

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Berry College volleyball team will open the 2019 season ranked No. 19 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25. 

The Vikings closed last season with a 26-4 mark and a 13-1 record in league play, winning their second straight SAA regular season and tournament titles. The team hosted the NCAA Regionals and were eliminated in the round of 32. Berry claimed seven All-SAA selections, including a Defensive Player of the Year honor for Laura Beier, a Player of the Year award for Emily Hancock and Caitlyn Moriarty's second-straight Coach of the Year nod. Carson VanCampen went on to claim Berry's first AVCA All-American first-team selection, with Beier and Hancock earning All-America honorable mention. 

Berry opens the season at the Ithaca Bombers Invitational, taking on the No. 12 host Bombers on August 30.

The team returns home on Sept. 6 to host the highly-anticipated Berry National Invitational. The tournament will run over two days in a dual-court format in Berry's Steven J. Cage Athletics and Recreation Center and feature four top-25 teams including Berry.

Rank

School

Total Points Adjusted

First Place Votes Adjusted

1

Emory

1650

52

2

Calvin

1613

10

3

Juniata

1500

2

4

Wisconsin-Eau Claire

1417

0

5

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

1364

3

6

Wittenberg

1317

0

7

Colorado College

1258

0

8

Johnson & Wales (RI)

1164

0

9

Chicago

1006

0

10

Aurora

982

0

11

Ithaca

900

0

12

Wesleyan (Conn.)

854

0

13

Illinois Wesleyan

830

0

14

Washington-St. Louis

733

0

15

Mary Hardin-Baylor

700

0

16

Wisconsin-Whitewater

626

0

17

Trinity (Texas)

587

0

18

Gustavus Adolphus

536

0

19

Berry

506

0

20

Babson

425

0

21

Hope

306

0

22

Christopher Newport

265

0

T-23

Bowdoin

208

0

T-23

Ohio Northern

208

0

25

St Benedict (Minn.)

161

0

 

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Pacific Lutheran 127; Carthage 82; Carnegie-Mellon 81; DePauw 42; Birmingham Southern 31; Texas-Dallas 27; Cal Lutheran 23; Wisconsin-Stevens Point 23; Susquehanna 19; Johns Hopkins 18; RIT 18; Northwestern (Minn.) 17; Amherst 13; MIT 11; Puget Sound 11; St. Thomas (Minn.) 11; Mount Union 10; Muskingum 10; Tufts 8; Case Western 6; La Verne 5; Franklin & Marshall 4; SUNY New Paltz 4;