August 26, 2013
Hokies tabbed to finish seventh in ACC
Victoria Hamsher named to preseason team

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Virginia Tech volleyball team was selected to finish seventh this season in the Atlantic Coast Conference while senior Victoria Hamsher was named to the preseason team, as voted on by the league’s coaches and announced Monday by the conference office.

Tech finished last season with a 16-14 mark while going 9-11 in conference play. The Hokies return four starters from last season’s team, including middle block/right side Kathryn Caine, setter Jordan Fish, outside hitter Samantha Gostling and middle blocker Hamsher. Tech lost 1,000 kill club members Cara Baarendse and Jennifer Wiker as well as libero Morgan O’Neill who ranks fifth on Tech’s all-time digs list. Virginia Tech added six newcomers to the 2013 roster.

Hamsher was tabbed to the preseason All-ACC team after leading the Hokies last year in blocks. She also recorded one of the best hitting percentages in the conference, knocking down .351 with 236 kills on 464 attempts with just 73 errors.

Florida State was selected to win the league, claiming all 14 first place votes. The Seminoles were followed by North Carolina in second and Miami in third. Notre Dame and NC State rounded out the top-five. Duke was selected to finish sixth while Clemson was picked just behind the Hokies in eighth. In ninth place is Georgia Tech, followed by Maryland in 10th. Rounding out the standings are Virginia (11th), Syracuse (12th), Pitt (13th), Boston College (14th) and Wake Forest (15th).

The 2013 season gets under way on Friday, August 30, with 14 of the conference’s teams in action. Virginia Tech opens the season Friday at home against Towson at 12:30 p.m. The 2013 ACC volleyball champion will be determined by the final regular season standings, with that team receiving an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship.

2013 ACC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish
No. Team Points 2012 Record (ACC)
1 Florida State (14) 196 28-4 (18-2)
2 North Carolina 178 26-6 (16-4)
3 Miami (1) 169 25-6 (17-3)
4 Notre Dame 153 20-10
5 NC State 133 22-10 (12-8)
6 Duke 126 15-17 (6-14)
7 Virginia Tech 122 16-14 (9-11)
8 Clemson 109 21-10 (12-8)
9 Georgia Tech 82 19-12 (10-10)
10 Maryland 81 17-15 (8-12)
11 Virginia 64 9-22 (3-17)
12 Syracuse 51 12-18
13 Pitt 49 17-14
14 Boston College 33 10-22 (4-16)
15 Wake Forest 29 11-21 (5-15)
2013 Preseason All-ACC Team
Name Class Position School
Katty Workman Sophomore Outside Hitter Boston College
Mo Simmons Senior Outside Hitter Clemson
Emily Sklar Sophomore Outside Hitter Duke
Ali McCurdy Senior Libero/Defensive Specialist Duke
Olivera Medic Senior Outside Hitter Florida State
Ashley Neff Senior Middle Blocker Florida State
Chanell Clark-Bibbs Sophomore Middle Blocker Georgia Tech
Ashleigh Crutcher Junior Outside Hitter Maryland
Adreene Elliot Junior Middle Blocker Maryland
Alex Johnson Senior Right Side Miami
Alexis Mourning Junior Middle Blocker Miami
Ryan Shaffer Senior Defensive Specialist Miami
Emani Sims Junior Middle Blocker Miami
Chaniel Nelson Junior Right Side North Carolina
Paige Neuenfeldt Sophomore Middle Blocker North Carolina
Jeni Houser Junior Middle Blocker/Right Side Notre Dame
Toni Alugbue Junior Outside Hitter Notre Dame
Victoria Hamsher Senior Middle Blocker Virginia Tech

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