Central Islip, N.Y. - In a tightly contested
vote, LIU Post came in two points ahead of Bridgeport as the
coaches’ favorite in the 2014 East Coast Conference
Volleyball Preseason Poll. Bridgeport’s Biljana Savic (Novi
Sad, Serbia) a senior outside hitter/setter has been named the
Preseason Player of the Year.
LIU Post finished with four first place votes and 75 points to top the poll. Last season, the Pioneers earned the program's first-ever berth into the NCAA Division II Elite Eight by winning the East Region Championship. LIU Post returns seven players from the squad that finished with a 25-10 record and ranked No. 25 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 poll last season.
Bridgeport, who won their second straight ECC title in 2013, also received four first place votes in the preseason poll but finished two points behind LIU Post for the top spot. The Purple Knights, who finished the season with a 22-3 overall record and a 15-1 ECC mark, advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year. Gary Mullin, who takes over for reigning ECC Coach of the Year, Leo Uzcategui, returns a talented roster with only two players and one starter gone from the Purple Knights' 2013 roster.
Daemen and New York Institute of Technology received 55 points to come in a tie for third in the poll. Daemen, who is not yet eligible for a conference championship berth as NCAA Provisional members, had a successful first year in the ECC. The Wildcats finished with a 23-10 record and a 10-6 mark in ECC play that would have qualified them for the ECC Championship if eligible. NYIT, who made their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance last season, tied for third despite a huge turnover. The Bears lost seven seniors from last year's roster and only return five players in 2014.
Dowling, who comes in at No. 5 with 50 points, received the final first place vote following a season which also ended up with their 12th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Savic earns the Preseason Player of the Year honor after capturing the conference's Player of the Year award last season. The three-time All-Conference First Team selection was a versatile player for the Purple Knights, excelling both as a setter and an outside hitter. She finished in the top 10 in the ECC with a .260 hitting percentage, 578 assists, and 5.90 assists per set. She also finished the season with eight triple-doubles, including two in one week to be named the AVCA Division II National Player of the Week.
2014 ECC Volleyball Preseason Poll
|1. LIU Post (4)||75||25-10 (11-5 ECC)|
|2. Bridgeport (4)||73||22-3 (15-1 ECC)|
|T3. Daemen||55||23-10 (10-6 ECC)|
|T3. NYIT||55||27-7 (12-4 ECC)|
|5. Dowling (1)||50||19-14 (10-6 ECC)|
|6. Roberts Wesleyan||39||12-17 (5-11 ECC)|
|7. Molloy||24||9-20 (3-13 ECC)|
|8. Queens||21||10-14 (4-12 ECC)|
|9. Mercy||13||11-20 (2-14 ECC)|
( ) - first place votes