Central Islip, N.Y. - The University of
Bridgeport Purple Knights and the Dowling College Golden Lions each
earned a total of 56 points to share the top spot in the ECC
Volleyball Preseason Poll, as voted upon by the league’s
coaches. This marks the second straight year the two schools have
tied for the top spot in the preseason poll. Senior right side Maja
Potpara from Dowling has been named the Preseason Player of the
Year for the third consecutive year.
Dowling and Bridgeport were the class of the ECC and the East Region once again in 2010. The Golden Lions and Purple Knights both earned a share of the Regular Season Title after an almost perfect conference season. Both squads lost one conference game apiece, splitting their two contests during the regular season. The two met again in the ECC Championship finals with Dowling coming out on top, 3-0, to win their sixth conference title in seven years.
At the NCAA Regional, the two teams found themselves in another Championship title battle, this time for a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight. Dowling defeated the Purple Knights in three sets once again to secure their fifth East Region crown in five seasons. Dowling then made history, defeating Clarion in the Elite Eight to become the first team from the East Region to ever advance to the Final Four.
C.W. Post earned one first place vote and compiled 48 points for the third spot on the poll. New York Institute of Technology also earned a first place vote and 45 points to grab the fourth spot.
Potpara, a three-time ECC Player of the Year and 2010 Daktronics East Region Player the Year, helped lead the Golden Lions to a 31-2 record and the squad’s second straight NCAA Division II East Regional Title. She ranked in the top-three on the team in kills, service aces, digs, block assists, and total blocks and was named to both the AVCA and Daktronics All-American teams.
2011 ECC Volleyball Preseason Poll
|1. Bridgeport (2)||56||25-5|
|1. Dowling (4)||56||31-2|
|3. C.W. Post (1)||48||20-13|
|4. NYIT (1)||45||20-12|
|7. District of Columbia||21||20-8|
( ) - first place votes