Denver Nudges NT In Preseason SBC Volleyball Poll

DENTON, Texas (8/16/07) If the preseason poll is any indication, the race for the Sun Belt’s Western Division volleyball crown should once again be a slugfest, as the conference’s coaches tabbed Denver over the Mean Green by just a single point.


Despite being the defending Western Division champions, North Texas garnered 82 points in the poll and five first place votes, just shy of the Pioneers’ 83 points and six first place votes. North Texas edged the Pioneers for the division crown in the season finale in 2006.


The Mean Green is coming off its best season in a decade, which included 23 wins and a first-round win in the Sun Belt Tournament. A pair of North Texas’ returnees led the conference in digs and service aces in 2006, but the Mean Green placed no one on the Preseason All-Conference squad.


The Mean Green opens the season on Aug. 24 at the Best Western Shocker Classic in Wichita, Kan. NT hosts the Mean Green Classic from Aug. 31 through Sept. 1 at the North Texas Volleyball Center.



2007 Sun Belt Preseason Coaches Poll

As voted on by the league's coaches.


Eastern Division                         Points

1. Middle Tennessee (9)             74

2. Florida International (3)           64

3. Western Kentucky (1)             55

4. Florida Atlantic                       39

5. Troy                                      22

6. South Alabama                      19


Western Division                        Points

1. Denver (6)                              83

2. North Texas (5)                      82

3. Arkansas State (1)                 60

4. New Orleans (1)                     55

5. UALR                                    40

6. Louisiana-Lafayette                25

7. Louisiana-Monroe                   19


2007 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team

As voted on by the league's coaches.


Preseason Player of the Year: Yarimar Rosa, Florida International

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Alicia Lemau'u, Middle Tennessee


Kim Muller (Denver, Sr., MB)

Keila Oliveira (Florida International, Sr., S)

Yarimar Rosa (Florida International, So., OH)

Ashley Adams (Middle Tennessee, Jr., OPP/S)

Ashley Asberry (Middle Tennessee, Jr., MB)

Quanshell Scott (Middle Tennessee, Sr., MB/OH)

Megan Argabright (Western Kentucky, Jr., MH)

Julia Noe (Western Kentucky, Jr., S)



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