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Rutgers Selected 15th In BIG EAST Volleyball Preseason Poll
  • Posted on August 03, 2005 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers Scarlet Knights received 38 points and were selected 15th in the BIG EAST Volleyball Preseason Poll, the league announced.

    Louisville was chosen to win the BIG EAST volleyball title with a conference-leading 12 first-place votes and a total of 194 points. Defending conference champion Notre Dame was picked second after garnering three first-place votes and 185 points, followed by Pittsburgh (165) in third, Cincinnati (153) in fourth and Marquette (144) in fifth.

    The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 2004 campaign during which the team finished 16-10 overall, 4-6 in the conference and junior Lora Yankauskas (Paramus, NJ) was named an honorable mention All-BIG EAST selection.

    Rutgers will open the 2005 season at the Temple Tournament in Philadelphia, PA, taking on host Temple, Lehigh and Towson on Friday, Aug. 26, through Saturday, Aug. 27.

    2005 BIG EAST Preseason Poll
    Rank Team (First place votes) Points

    1 Louisville (12) 194
    2 Notre Dame (3) 185
    3 Pittsburgh 165
    4 Cincinnati 153
    5 Marquette 144
    6 Syracuse 138
    7 Connecticut 111
    8 Georgetown 75
    West Virginia 75
    10 South Florida 72
    11 DePaul 68
    12 Villanova 64
    13 Seton Hall 50
    14 St. John’s 43
    15 Rutgers 38

    BIG EAST Preseason Awards

    Player of the Year: Lauren Brewster, Sr., MB, Notre Dame

    2005 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team^
    Diana Andreyko, So., OH, Pittsburgh
    Lauren Brewster, Sr., MB, Notre Dame
    Kristen Conway, Sr., OH, Syracuse
    Theresa Coughlin, Sr., OH, Marquette
    Kelly Duan, Sr., RS/MB, Syracuse*
    Kristina Fabris, So., MB/RS, USF
    Myanna Hellsten, Jr., MB, Cincinnati
    Jennifer Hoffman, Sr., MB, Louisville*
    Lena Ustymenko, Sr., OH, Louisville*
    Lauren Kelbley, Sr., OH/MB, Notre Dame*
    Megan McGrane, Sr., Lib., Pittsburgh
    Gini Ullery, Sr., OH, Pittsburgh
    Anastasia Artesia, Jr., OH, Louisville*
    *Unanimous selection
    ^Due to a tie in voting, an extra member has been added to the preseason team

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