The Texas State Women’s Volleyball team was picked to finish second in the West Division of the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Poll by league head coaches.
There are six teams in the West Division, including Arkansas State, Texas State, the University of Texas at Arlington, Little Rock, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe.
The Bobcats being picked at second puts them finishing behind the defending champions, Arkansas State. Texas State was chosen to end the season with 58 points and right behind them in third is the University of Texas at Arlington with 45 points.
According to Texas State Athletics, Head Coach Karen Chisum said the polls are for the media, and it doesn’t matter where they stand.
“I told them to take a look at it, tear it up and throw it in the trash,” Chisum said. “The only thing that matters is where you are at the end of the season.”
There are six teams in the East Division as well, including recently added Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State, South Alabama, Georgia Southern, Troy and Georgia State.
In the East Division, newcomer Coastal Carolina was picked to win the division with 70 points. In second, Appalachian State received 57 points, and behind them in third sits South Alabama with 40 points.
Texas State will play Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State at home this season. A home game against the top two teams in the East Division can be used in the Bobcats’ favor.
The coaches also picked a 2016 Sun Belt Preseason Volleyball All-Conference Team. Jordan Kohl, right side junior, was among those picked after she earned Second-Team All-Conference honors last season.
Along with Kohl picked, there were five 2015 First-Team All-Conference, one 2015 Second-Team All-Conference and a pick from newcomer Coastal Carolina.
Five of the picks are from the West Division, and three picks are from the East Division.
Carlisa May, sophomore outside hitter, Markie Schaedig, senior defensive specialist, and Mallory Warrington, senior setter, were picks from Arkansas State. Edina Selimovic, senior middle blocker, was picked from Little Rock.
Ashton Gregory, senior middle blocker, from Appalachian State, Leah Hardeman, junior outside hitter, from Coastal Carolina, and Mechell Daniel, senior outside hitter, was picked from South Alabama.
The Bobcats start Sun Belt Conference play on Sept. 23 where they will be travelling to Alabama to take on Troy and South Alabama.
The first home game will be on Sept. 30 where Texas State will take on the first place pick of the East Division, Coastal Carolina. Two days later they will face the second place pick, Appalachian State.
Texas State’s season begins on Friday, with the Bobcats traveling to North Texas to compete in their first tournament of the season.