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Bush Named to BIG EAST Preseason Volleyball Team
KNIGHTS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN PRESEASON POLL
  • Posted on July 29, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers volleyball team was picked to finish seventh in the 2003 BIG EAST Conference Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll, while senior Shayla Bush (Spokane, WA) earned a spot on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, the conference office has announced.

    Bush, a 5-7 outside hitter, led Rutgers with 4.61 kills and 4.45 digs per game last season. A second-team all-BIG EAST selection as well as an honorable mention pick to the AVCA Division I All-Region Team in 2002, this marks the third consecutive season that Bush has been named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team (2001-2003). A member of the 2001 All-BIG EAST First Team and the 2000 BIG EAST All-Rookie Team, she enters her senior season ranked fourth in digs (1,008) and fifth in kills (1,102) on the RU career record lists.

    The Scarlet Knights, who posted a 17-11 overall record and a 6-7 mark in the BIG EAST to tie for eighth place last season, received 78 points in the poll. Notre Dame, coming off its seventh conference title in the last eight years, received nine first-place votes and 141 points to finish as this year’s preseason favorite.

    The Scarlet Knights, under the direction of 10th-year head coach Ann Leonard-House, will begin the 2003 season at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, FL. Rutgers will play Florida and BYU on Aug. 29, followed by American on Aug. 30.

    2003 BIG EAST VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON POLL
     
        2002 Records 2002 Finish
    School Points BIG EAST Overall Regular Season
    1. Notre Dame (9) 141 11-2 24-8 1st
    2. Miami (4) 136 10-3 27-6 tie 2nd
    3. Pittsburgh 117 9-4 20-9 tie 4th
    4. Virginia Tech 101 10-3 20-11 tie 2nd
    5. Georgetown 93 7-6 17-13 tie 6th
    6. Connecticut 87 9-4 14-15 tie 4th
    7. Rutgers 78 6-7 17-11 tie 8th
    8. St. John’s 63 6-7 17-16 tie 8th
    9. Villanovoa 58 7-6 18-16 tie 6th
    10. Syracuse 51 5-8 19-12 tie 10th
    11. Seton Hall 36 5-8 15-18 tie 10th
    12. Boston College 29 3-10 14-18 tie 12th
    13. West Virginia 24 3-10 9-19 tie 12th

    First-place votes in parentheses

    PRESEASON AWARDS

    Player of the Year
    Valeria Tipiana, Miami

    Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
    Mallorey James, Jr., S, Miami
    Valeria Tipiana, Jr., OH, Miami
    Lauren Kelbley, So., MB, Notre Dame
    Emily Loomis, Jr., OPP, Notre Dame
    Megan Miller, Jr., MH, Pittsburgh
    Shayla Bush, Sr., OH, Rutgers

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