(GREENVILLE, Pa.) - The Thomas More College volleyball team was picked to capture the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) championship, according to the preseason coaches' poll released today (Thursday, August 22, 2013) by the PAC office.
The Saints led by sixth-year head coach John Spinney and the defending PAC regular-season and tournament championships, captured six of the possible 10 first-place votes, while totaling 94 points in the poll.
Geneva College, the 2011 champions, collected 80 points to finish second in the poll. Bethany College was picked third after receiving 79 points, including one first-place vote, with Westminster College was picked fourth after collecting two first-place votes and 78 total points.
Thiel College was selected fifth with 62 points, including one first-place vote, followed by Saint Vincent College in sixth (44), Grove City College seventh (42), Washington & Jefferson College eighth (37), Waynesburg University ninth (22) and Chatham University 10th (12).
"It is an honor to be voted first by our conference, but much of that is based upon what we have done in the past," said Spinney. "Each year brings new challenges, and we have some holes to fill for sure, just like in past years. We do have a nice returning group including some of the top defenders in Brittany Rohrkasse and Kelsey Castiglioni, as well as both of our middles, Tyler Deaton and Jessica Knaley. We have a tough pre-season schedule that hopefully prepares us for conference play.
Thomas More opens the season on Saturday, August 31 when it plays Centre College and Hiram College in the College of Mount St. Joseph Kickoff Classic in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Saints will play Centre at 11:30 a.m. and Hiram at 2 p.m.
2013 PAC Preseason Volleyball Poll
|1. Thomas More (6)||94||26-6 (17-1)|
|2. Geneva||80||24-13 (13-5)|
|3. Bethany (1)||79||31-8 (14-4)|
|4. Westminster (2)||78||22-11 (11-7)|
|5. Thiel (1)||62||23-8 (15-3)|
|6. Saint Vincent||44||11-16 (6-12)|
|7. Grove City||42||14-17 (7-11)|
|8. Washington & Jefferson||37||10-16 (4-14)|
|9. Waynesburg||22||8-19 (3-15)|
|10. Chatham||12||0-29 (0-18)|
Note: First-place votes in parentheses