Central Islip, N.Y. - The University of
Bridgeport Purple Knights have been picked by the
conference’s coaches as the front runner to take home their
second consecutive ECC Volleyball title. The Purple Knights
captured seven first place votes and 79 points to top the ranking.
Bridgeport’s Ying Shen (Nanjing, China) a junior outside
hitter has been named the Preseason Player of the Year.
Bridgeport overwhelmed the ECC competition in 2012, posting a 15-1 mark in the regular season to go along with capturing the ECC Championship for the second time in four seasons. The Purple Knights also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season and the NCAA East Region Final for the fourth consecutive year.
New York Institute of Technology received one first place vote and 71 points to come in second in the poll. The Bears posted a 22-10 mark in 2012 and made their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Roberts Wesleyan, who posted an 11-4 ECC mark last season and would have made the conference tournament if they weren’t ineligible as NCAA provisional members, rounds out the top three with 55 points.
LIU Post, who comes in at No. 4 with 52 points, receives the final first place vote following a season which also ended up with a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Conference newcomer and reigning USCAA National Champion, Daemen, comes in at tie in the fifth spot in the poll with Dowling. The Golden Lions enter the 2013 season with a streak of 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
Shen was dominant in her first season at Bridgeport, ranking in the top five in the conference in kills (418), kills per set (3.51), and hitting percentage (.318). Her outstanding play earned her numerous honors including Most Outstanding Player of the ECC Championship, ECC All-Conference First Team honors, and a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-America team.
2013 ECC Volleyball Preseason Poll
|1. Bridgeport (7)||79||27-5|
|2. NYIT (1)||71||22-10|
|3. Roberts Wesleyan *||55||20-12|
|4. LIU Post (1)||52||23-15|
|5. Daemen *||43||27-10|
( ) - first place votes
* - ineligible for conference tournament as NCAA provisional member