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Rutgers Selected Eighth in BIG EAST Volleyball Preseason Poll
  • Posted on August 04, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Scarlet Knights have been selected eighth in the BIG EAST Volleyball Preseason Poll, the league announced today.

    Rutgers received 40 points to place eighth in the preseason poll. Notre Dame led all schools with 99 points and nine first-place votes, followed by defending BIG EAST champion Pittsburgh (90, two first-place votes). Connecticut finished in third place with 78 points and St. John’s tallied 70 points to finish fourth, while Villanova placed fifth (57), followed by Boston College (50) and Georgetown (42).

    Rounding out the preseason ballot is ninth-place Syracuse with 38 points, followed by Seton Hall (20) and West Virginia (17).

    RU is coming off a 2003 season in which it finished 11-17 overall and 5-7 in BIG EAST action. The Scarlet Knights will open their 2004 campaign with matches against Penn State, BYU and Quinnipiac, as they are set to participate in the Penn State Invitational on Sept. 3.

    2004 BIG EAST Volleyball Preseason Poll
    School Points BIG EAST Overall Regular Season 2003 Records 2003 Finish
    1. Notre Dame (9) 99 11-1 23-7 T-1st
    2. Pittsburgh (2) 90 11-1 26-6 T-1st
    3. Connecticut 78 6-6 20-12 7th
    4. St. John’s 70 7-5 26-9 T-4th
    5. Villanova 57 7-5 14-15 T-4th
    6. Boston College 50 3-9 17-12 T-10th
    7. Georgetown 42 3-9 9-19 T-10th
    8. Rutgers 40 5-7 11-17 8th
    9. Syracuse 38 4-8 17-16 9th
    10. Seton Hall 20 3-9 20-13 T-10th
    11. West Virginia 17 3-10 6-21 13th

    ( ) indicates first-place votes

    BIG EAST Preseason Awards

    Player of the Year
    Megan Miller, Pittsburgh, Sr., MH

    Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
    Jamie Hadenfeldt, Connecticut, Sr., OH"
    Sara Albert, Georgetown, Jr., MB"
    Lauren Brewster, Notre Dame, Jr., MB
    Lauren Kelbley, Notre Dame, Jr., MB/OH
    Emily Loomis, Notre Dame, Jr., OH/MB/OPP
    Megan Miller, Pittsburgh, Sr., MH
    *Jackie Ahlers, St. John’s, Jr., MH

    *unanimous selection

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