Golden Eagle volleyball picked fourth in OVC Preseason Poll

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference race. The poll was conducted by the coaches and sports information directors from around the OVC.

Morehead State was picked to finish first in the preseason poll, receiving 192 points, including 13 first-place votes. Austin Peay came in second with five first-place notches and a total of 172 points. Jacksonville State edged TTU by 11 points for third place with 141, while Eastern Kentucky finished one vote behind Tech’s 130 points with 129.
“I think Morehead State is deserving to be picked first, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll have an easy road,” head coach John Blair said. “They’ll have to be ready each week because each team in the OVC will be fired up to face them.”
Murray State ranked sixth with 102 points, while Eastern Illinois followed close behind in seventh with 98 points. Tennessee State (98 points), Southeast Missouri (71 points), UT Martin (45 points) and SIU Edwardsville (44 points) rounded out the poll.
Junior middle blocker Kelsey Gray made the only TTU appearance on the preseason all-OVC team. Last season, Gray finished with 126 total blocks (1.06 bps) and 270 kills (2.35 kps), while hitting at a .259 clip.
“Kelsey Gray being selected is a well-deserved honor,” Blair said. “She showed herself to be one of the up and coming players last season, who can make an impact on both sides of the net.”
The Golden Eagles begin their 2011 season August 26, at the Georgia Tech Invitational, as they take on Louisville.
Rank              Team(First-Place Votes)            Points
1                    Morehead State(13)                     192
2                    Austin Peay(5)                             172
3                    Jacksonville State(3)                    141
4                    Tennessee Tech(1)                    130
5                    Eastern Kentucky                         129
6                    Murray State                               102
7                    Eastern Illinois                              98
8                    Tennessee State                            85
9                    Southeast Missouri                        71
10                  UT Martin                                     45
11                  SIU Edwardsville                           44
Player                          School                Pos.           Cl.           Ht.           Hometown
Nikki Doyle                   Austin Peay          OH             Jr.           5-11         Santa Maria, Calif.
Shaquita Williams          Tennessee State   MB/OH       Sr.           6-0           Huntsville, Ala.
Ellie Robertson              Morehead State    OH             Jr.           6-2           Louisville, Ky.
Emma Keough               Morehead State    MB            R-Sr.        5-11         Batavia, Ohio
Kelsey Gray                 Tennessee Tech MB             Jr.          6-2           Newark, Ohio
Chrissie Albers              Eastern Illinois      S               Sr.           6-0          Springfield, Ill.
Kasey Elswick               UT Martin             L/DS           Jr.           5-7           Louisville, Ky.
Jen Meyer                    Jacksonville State  OH             Jr.            6-1          Maineville, Ohio
Ashley Edmond             Eastern Kentucky  OH             So.          6-0          Michigan City, Ind.
Reynae Hutchison         Eastern Illinois      OH             So.          5-11         Mattoon, Ill.
Emily Coon                   Southeast Missouri MB            So.          6-2           Imperial, Mo.
Kayleah Sauer              Murray State         L                Sr.           5-7          Louisville, Ky.
Annie Gruenschlaeger   Morehead State     MB              Jr.           6-4          Ft. Thomas, Ky.
Ashley Doherty             UT Martin             MB              Sr.           5-11        Crystal Lake, Ill.