The University of Tennessee volleyball team has been picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division, as determined by a vote of the league’s 11 head coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon. With a total of 25 points, the Lady Vols were selected to finish behind league-title favorites Florida and Kentucky.
Following Florida (10 points), Kentucky (22) and Tennessee (25) in the East were Georgia (41) and South Carolina (42).
In the Western Division, Alabama (14) was selected to edge out LSU (17) for the top spot, while Arkansas (28), Ole Miss (36), Auburn (47) and Mississippi State (53) rounded out the group.
The Gators were unanimously selected to win the SEC championship, earning 10 votes in the preseason survey. The Wildcats were the only other team to earn mention in the title vote, receiving one nomination.
Points were compiled on a 1-2-3-4-5-6 basis for the Western Division and 1-2-3-4-5 for the Eastern Division. Each coach was not allowed to vote for his or her own team and each coach also voted for one team as an overall conference champion.
The 2006 season was a record-breaking year for the SEC as seven teams earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. It also marked the 17th-consecutive season in which the SEC has placed at least two teams in the NCAA Tournament. Nationally, eight players were named AVCA All-America and 13 players were named to the AVCA Division I All-District Team.
The Lady Vols will open the 2007 campaign in Omaha, Neb., at the AVCA Showcase.
First up for the Big Orange will be defending national champion and top-ranked Nebraska on Aug. 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Preseason Coaches’ Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
Florida 10 (10)
Kentucky 22 (1)
South Carolina 42
Ole Miss 36
Mississippi St. 53
SEC Champion: Florida (10), Kentucky (1)
Story Courtesy: UT Lady Vols Sports Information