COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: UPIKE 12th in preseason poll

The University of Pikeville volleyball Bears have been selected 12th in the Mid-South Conference preseason poll.

Lindsey Wilson, picked to finish first, tallied 121 points in the poll and 11 of the 12 first-place votes. The Blue Raiders captured both the MSC Regular Season and Tournament Titles a season ago and reached the round of 16 in the NAIA National Championship.

Thomas More is slotted second in the poll with 109 points. The Saints earned the final first-place vote in the poll after finishing 24-8 and 13-3 in the MSC and reaching the championship game of the conference tournament.

Georgetown is tabbed third in the poll with 92 voting points. The Tigers ended last season with a 19-13 record, including an 11-5 record in the MSC.

Life (Ga.) is picked fourth in the poll with 88 points followed by Cumberland (Tenn.) with 82 points. MSC newcomer Martin Methodist (Tenn.) is slotted sixth in the poll with 65 points, Cumberlands is right behind them with 64 points and Campbellsville comes in at eighth after earning 50 points.

In their first season in the MSC, Bethel (Tenn.) and Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) are ninth and 10th in the poll with 35 and 31 points respectively. Shawnee State (Ohio) is slotted 11th with 31 points and Pikeville rounds out the preseason poll with 14.