August 26, 2014
    Caine named to Preseason All-ACC Volleyball Team
    Hokies tabbed to finish 10th in league

    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Kathryn Caine was selected to the 2014 Preseason All-ACC Volleyball Team while the Hokies were tabbed to finish 10th in the conference as voted on by the league’s coaches and announced on Tuesday by the conference office.

    The Hokies finished last season with a 22-12 mark while going 10-10 in conference play to mark one of the team's best finishes since joining the conference in 2004. Tech returns five starters, including Caine who earned All-ACC Third Team honors a year ago and ACC All-Freshman Team honoree Lindsey Owens. In addition, the Hokies return starting setter Jordan Fish, starting libero Megan Beckwith, middle blocker LaTasha Samson-Akpan and outside hitter Amanda McKinzie. Tech graduated First Team All-ACC honoree Victoria Hamsher as well as outside hitter Samantha Gostling in the offseason while adding five newcomers for 2014.

    In addition to earning All-ACC honors last season, Caine was named to the AVCA All-East Region team and was tabbed to the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention list after knocking down 2.47 kps while hitting .339 on the attack. The McLean, Va. native also garnered accolades off the court, being named to the ACC All-Academic team.

    The Hokies claimed a 3-1 win last season over Florida State who was picked to win the league this year, edging defending ACC Champion Duke in the votes, 187-181. North Carolina (180) was selected third, while Miami (151) and Louisville (123) rounded out the top five. Virginia’s 113 points placed it ahead of NC State (106), Syracuse (105), Pittsburgh (103) and Virginia Tech (93). Notre Dame (85), Clemson (53), Georgia Tech (40), Wake Forest (39) and Boston College (16) completed the poll.

    The 2014 season gets underway on Friday, Aug. 29 with 14 of the conference’s teams in action. Virginia Tech opens the season Friday, traveling to Lexington, Ky. for the Bluegrass Battle hosted by the University of Kentucky. Tech faces Butler at 4 p.m. during the first day of action.

    2014 ACC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish

    No. Team (First Place) Points 2013 Record (Conference)
    1 Florida State (7) 187 26-7 (17-3)
    2 Duke (4) 181 28-5 (18-2)
    3 North Carolina (4) 180 27-5 (16-4)
    4 Miami 151 19-12 (12-8)
    5 Louisville 123 23-8 (18-0)
    6 Virginia 113 18-14 (11-9)
    7 NC State 106 20-12 (11-9)
    8 Syracuse 105 16-16 (11-9)
    9 Pittsburgh 103 19-14 (11-9)
    10 Virginia Tech 93 22-12 (10-10)
    11 Notre Dame 85 13-18 (7-13)
    12 Clemson 53 15-16 (9-11)
    13 Georgia Tech 40 12-20 (6-14)
    14 Wake Forest 39 16-16 (5-15)
    15 Boston College 16 9-23 (1-19)

    2014 Preseason All-ACC Team

    Name Class Position School
    Emily Sklar Junior Outside Hitter Duke
    Jeme Obeime Senior Outside Hitter Duke
    Maggie Deichmeister Senior Setter Duke
    Nicole Walch Junior Outside Hitter Florida State
    Katie Mosher Senior Libero Florida State
    Sarah Burrington Sophomore Middle Blocker Florida State
    Katie George Junior Setter Louisville
    Janelle Jenkins Sophomore Outside Hitter Louisville
    Savanah Leaf Senior Outside Hitter Miami
    Emani Sims Senior Middle Blocker Miami
    Paige Neuenfeldt Junior Middle Blocker North Carolina
    Chaniel Nelson Senior Opposite Hitter North Carolina
    Jeni Houser Senior Middle Blocker Notre Dame
    Dariyan Hopper Senior Outside Hitter NC State
    Jessica Wynn Senior Outside Hitter Pittsburgh
    Silvi Uattara Junior Outside Hitter Syracuse
    Lauren Fuller Junior Setter Virginia
    Jasmine Burton Sophomore Outside Hitter Virginia
    Kathryn Caine Senior Middle Blocker Virginia Tech

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