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August 17, 2012
Tech picked to finish seventh in ACC
Cara Baarendse placed on Preseason All-ACC Team

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Virginia Tech volleyball team was selected to finish seventh this season as predicted by the Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball coaches and announced Friday afternoon by the league office. Defending ACC champion, Florida State was awarded the top preseason spot after receiving nine first place votes.

Cara Baarendse was voted on to the 18-member Preseason All-ACC team. The senior middle blocker picked up her second consecutive All-ACC First Team honors at the end of last season and was named to the AVCA All-American Honorable Mention team. Clemson and Florida State led the league with three honorees each.

Tech concluded last season with an 18-13 overall record and an 11-9 mark in the ACC to finish sixth in 2011. The Hokies return four starters and their starting libero this season. Baarendse led the team with 327 kills while fellow senior Jennifer Wiker tallied 320.

The Hokies will travel to the Tiger Volleyball Invitational Aug. 24-25 to kick off the season. Tech will face Nicholls State and host team Missouri on the opening day before concluding competition that Saturday against Michigan.

2012 ACC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish

Team

Pts

2011 Record (ACC)

Florida State (9)

118

28-7 (18-2)

North Carolina(3)

111

24-9 (15-5)

Clemson

97

20-11 (12-8)

Duke

92

21-9 (15-5)

Miami

81

26-5 (16-4)

Georgia Tech

66

15-16 (8-12)

Virginia Tech

63

18-13 (11-9)

NC State

56

20-13 (8-12)

Virginia

36

10-20 (4-16)

Maryland

34

10-22 (4-16)

Wake Forest

25

9-12 (6-14)

Boston College

13

7-24 (3-17)

2012 Preseason All-ACC Team

Player

Class

Position

Team

Alexa Rand

Senior

Middle Blocker

Clemson

Sandra Adeleye

Senior

Middle Hitter

Clemson

Serenat Yaz

Senior

Outside Hitter/Right Side

Clemson

Ali McCurdy

Junior

Libero/Defensive Specialist

Duke

Christiana Gray

Senior

Middle Blocker

Duke

Ashley Neff

Junior

Middle Blocker

Florida State

Katie Mosher

Sophomore

Libero/Defensive Specialist

Florida State

Sareea Freeman

Senior

Middle Blocker

Florida State

Bailey Hunter

Senior

Outside Hitter

Georgia Tech

Monique Mead

Senior

Right Side

Georgia Tech

Alex Johnson

Junior

Right Side

Miami

Emani Sims

Sophomore

Middle Blocker

Miami

Megan Cyr

Senior

Setter

NC State

Chaniel Nelson

Sophomore

Opposite Hitter

North Carolina

Emily McGee

Senior

Outside Hitter

North Carolina

Jessica O’Shoney

Senior

Middle

Virginia

Cara Baarendse

Senior

Middle Blocker

Virginia Tech

Andrea Beck

Senior

Middle Blocker

Wake Forest

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