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Volleyball Picked Second In America East Preseason Poll
Defending champions edged out by rival Albany by one point in coaches' poll
August 15, 2013Tweet
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East preseason volleyball poll was released Thursday afternoon and Binghamton was predicted to finish second with 36 points. The voting was conducted by the eight conference head coaches, each of which was not allowed to vote for their own team.
Albany, who Binghamton defeated in the 2012 title match, edged out the Bearcats by one point (37) receiving three first-place votes. The defending champions were awarded a pair of first-place votes and received its highest preseason ranking since being chosen first in 2010. The Great Danes, who have won eight of the last nine America East regular season crowns, was separated by just two points from third-place UMBC (35), who received a first-place vote as well.
“As indicated by the poll, the conference is going to be a free-for-all,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “It will probably come down to a game here or there that will decide the champion. We just hope to be in the mix and fighting for a tournament spot.”
New Hampshire recorded the final first-place vote as the Wildcats were chosen fourth with 29 points. Stony Brook rounded out the top five with 25 points, followed by Hartford (17), associate member Providence (11) and newly acquired member UMass Lowell (6).
The top four teams in the standings at the end of the regular season will qualify for the 2013 America East Championship, which will take place at the top seed on Nov. 22 and 23 or 23 and 24. The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Championship. Binghamton and Albany have combined for the past nine America East Tournament titles.
After being forecasted to finish in a tie for fifth last August, the Bearcats completed the year with an 8-4 conference record (13-18 overall) and earned the No. 2 seed in the league championship. In the semifinals, Binghamton survived UMBC in five sets before sweeping host and top-seeded Albany for its third America East crown. The Bearcats made its third appearance in the NCAA Championship, where they face top-ranked Penn St. for a third time.
Binghamton returns four starters plus the libero to its 2013 squad, highlighted by second-year captains Grace Vickers and Amanda Dettmann. Vickers was a first-team all-conference selection in 2012 after leading the conference in hitting percentage and total blocks. The senior was named the conference tournament Most Outstanding player after leading the Bearcats to their third title in program history. Dettmann became the first Binghamton player ever to earn a major conference award after being named Co-Setter of the Year. The junior from Milwaukee was a second-team all-conference selection.
The Bearcats begin their season on Aug. 30 in Hamilton, N.Y. at the Colgate Tournament against Big East member St. John’s (NY).
2013 America East Volleyball Preseason Poll:
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