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Mines Debuts At No. 18 In AVCA Division II Preseason Volleyball Poll

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Following its fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and second-straight RMAC Championship, the Colorado School of Mines volleyball squad debuted at No. 18 in the Preseason AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll, released on Monday by the association. 

Mines has spent each week of the past two seasons inside the AVCA Top 25 Poll and closed the 2013 season ranked No. 19. Mines rose to a program-best No. 11 ranking in the final 2012 version of the poll. 

The Orediggers head into the 2014 season boasting a pair of returning All-Americans in junior setter Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood and sophomore opposite side hitter Alanna Winfield. Johnson-Hazlewood was named the Preseason RMAC Setter of the Year and Preseason All-RMAC earlier this week after earning First Team All-RMAC and RMAC Setter of the Year honors last season. She was joined on the team by Winfield, who also earned the honor after RMAC Freshman of the Year and AVCA South Central Region Freshman of the Year honors during her rookie campaign in 2013. 

In total, Mines returns 10 players that earned playing time last season, led by team captains and seniors Sarah Pekarek and Cassie Vick. Additionally, the Orediggers will now be afforded the services of Frannie Cormier and Katie Timmons who spent last season as redshirt players and also added freshmen newcomers in Cheyenne Footracer (Fort Defiance, Ariz.), Ellie Monarch (Brush) and Mattie Behr (Cypress, Texas).

Seven-time defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul enters the season ranked No. 1 in the country. South Central Region foes West Texas A&M (fourth) and Angelo State (19th) also appeared in the poll. Mines was the lone RMAC squad in the initial set of the rankings. 

The squad will open up the 2014 season on Friday, Sept. 5, when it hosts the Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott Oredigger Volleyball Classic at Lockridge Arena in Golden. 
 
AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll - August 18, 2014

Rank

School (First-Place Votes)

Total Points

2013 Record

 2013 Final Rank

1.

Concordia-St. Paul (39)

1186

35-3

1

2.

Tampa (8)

1151

31-2

2

3.

Minnesota Duluth (1)

1086

33-3

4

4.

BYU-Hawai'i

981

29-2

3

5.

Central Missouri

928

33-2

6

6.

West Texas A&M

897

34-4

5

7.

Southwest Minnesota State

861

24-8

7

8.

Cal State San Bernardino

842

27-6

9

9.

Nebraska-Kearney

783

27-7

8

10.

Washburn

718

31-6

10

11.

UC San Diego

650

26-6

11

12.

Western Washington

604

23-4

15

13.

Ferris State

581

25-9

13

14.

Grand Valley State

557

31-4

14

15.

Wingate

515

32-3

12

16.

Sonoma State

491

26-6

16

17.

Wheeling Jesuit

401

39-6

17

18.

Colorado School of Mines

389

25-7

19

19.

Angelo State

330

25-10

18

20.

Wayne State (NE)

296

22-10

21

21.

Northern State

231

22-8

23

22.

Armstrong State

198

32-2

20

23.

West Florida

164

26-10

22

24.

Indianapolis

122

25-10

NR

25.

Palm Beach Atlantic

100

29-4

24

 

 
 
 
 

Others Receiving Votes and listed on two or more ballots: Point Loma 83; Ashland 45; Truman State 45; Florida Southern 37; Rockhurst 33; Augustana (SD) 32; Metro State 31; Lewis 29; Fresno Pacific 26; Central Washington 22; Alaska-Anchorage 13; Colorado Mesa University 13; Texas Woman's 11; California Baptist 9; LIU Post 9; Northern Michigan 9; Harding 6; Eckerd 3

Additional: 15 teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 81 combined points. 

Next Poll:  September 8, 2014

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