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Defending Champion Emmanuel Voted Preseason Favorite in Conference Carolinas Women’s Volleyball Preseason Poll

Defending Champion Emmanuel Voted Preseason Favorite in Conference Carolinas Women’s Volleyball Preseason Poll

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Defending champion Emmanuel has been chosen as the 2019 Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball preseason favorite. 

Emmanuel collected nine first-place votes and a total point total of 119 to top the 2019 Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Preseason Poll. The Lions were the South Division regular season champion last year as well. 

Defending North Division regular season champion and 2018 Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Championship finalist Belmont Abbey was tabbed second in the 2019 preseason poll. The Crusaders received three first-place votes and a total of 111 points in the preseason tally. 

Semifinalists at last year's conference championship, Barton and King are in the top four in the preseason poll. Barton is third with a point total of 97, while King is fourth with a point total of 87. 

North Greenville (83) was picked fifth in the preseason poll followed by Limestone (78) in sixth and Southern Wesleyan (53) in seventh. Lee's McRae (49) is eighth, Erskine (42) is ninth and Mount Olive (30) is 10th. Chowan (22) and Converse (21) close out the voting in the preseason poll. 

Conference Carolinas women's volleyball has also moved to a East-West alignment for the upcoming 2019 campaign. 


2019 Women's Volleyball Preseason Poll (Overall)


First Place


1. Emmanuel



2. Belmont Abbey



3. Barton



4. King



5. North Greenville



6. Limestone



7. Southern Wesleyan



8. Lees-McRae



9. Erskine



10. Mount Olive



11. Chowan



12. Converse



2019 Women's Volleyball Preseason Poll (East)

1. Belmont Abbey


2. Barton


3. Limestone


4. Mount Olive



5. Chowan



6. Converse




2019 Women's Volleyball Preseason Poll (West)

1. Emmanuel


2. King


3. North Greenville


4. Southern Wesleyan



5. Lees-McRae



6. Erskine




Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Players to Watch (Submitted by Conference Carolinas Coaches)

Aysha Avery*,Emmanuel, Sr, L, Lawrenceville, Ga. (2018 Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year; 2018 second team All-Conference Carolinas; 2018 All-Championship Team selection)

Reilly Barlett,Erskine, Jr., S/RS, Lexington, S.C. 

Paige Beisecker*,North Greenville, So., MB, Hartsville, S.C. (2018 second-team All-Conference Carolinas)

Mia Bergan,Limestone, Sr., S, Aberdeen, S.D. 

Vanessa Blas,Limestone, Jr., OH, Concord, N.C.

Cassidy Bonito*,Belmont Abbey, Sr., S, Pompano Beach, Fla. (2018 second-team All-Conference Carolinas; 2018 All-Championship Team selection)

Kiara Cannon,Converse, Jr., OH, Simpsonville, S.C.

Mackenzie Chrapliwy*,Belmont Abbey, Sr., OH, South Bend, Ind. (2018 second-team All-Conference Carolinas)

Kayla Duncan,Erskine, Sr., M, Fayetteville, Ga. 

Kaitlyn Elkins*,Barton, Jr., OH, Hope Mills, N.C. (2018 first-team All-Conference Carolinas)

Megan Gallion,Lees-McRae, Sr., S, Fall River Mills, Calif. 

Jessica Gray*,Emmanuel, Sr, OH, Ball Ground, Ga. (2018 first-team All-Conference Carolinas)

Stephanie Hardy*,Emmanuel, Sr, S, Durham, N.C. (2018 first-team All-Conference Carolinas)

Sydney Hiner,Chowan, So., OH, Land O' Lakes, Fla.

Lottie Hutson,Converse, Fr., S, Spartanburg, S.C. 

Alyssa Jackson,Mount Olive, Fr., MB, Goldsboro, N.C. 

Olivia Johnson*,Southern Wesleyan, Jr., OH, Anderson, S.C. (2018 first-team All-Conference Carolinas)

Kali Letcher,Southern Wesleyan, Fr., S, Crestwood, Ky. 

Madyson Lousignont*,Limestone, So., OH, Las Vegas, Nev. (2018 second-team All-Conference Carolinas)

Tristyn Lozano*,King, Sr., OH/RS, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (2018 third-team All-Conference Carolinas)

Katie McManaway,North Greenville, Jr., OH, Mount Vernon, Ohio 

Johanna Philyaw,Southern Wesleyan, Fr., MB, Anderson, S.C. 

Sydney Pigage,King, Sr., L, West Columbia, S.C.

Starr Sergent,Mount Olive, Fr., OH,Mililani, Hawaii 

Kamber Skeen,Mount Olive, Sr., Lexington, N.C. 

Caitlyn Smirne,Lees-McRae, OH/OPP, Jr., Winterville, N.C. 

Sarah Stone,Southern Wesleyan, Sr., MB, Simpsonville, S.C. 

Brittany Tepedino,Converse, Jr., OH, Greenville, S.C. 

Carie Jane Valentine,Belmont Abbey, Sr., MB, Simi Valley, Calif.

Katy Torgerson,Erskine, So., M, Summerville, S.C. (2018 third-team All-Conference Carolinas)

Julie Ward,King, So., OH, Berthoud, Colo. (2018 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year;  first team All-Conference Carolinas; 2018 All-Championship Team selection)

Lexi Zangari,Lees-McRae, Sr., MH/OPP, Breckenridge, Colo. 


About Conference Carolinas 

Conference Carolinas has a rich tradition in roots that dates back to its early initial inception on Dec. 6, 1930. The NCAA Division II athletics conference presently has member schools located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Conference Carolinas member institutions for the upcoming 2019-20 athletic year are Barton, Belmont Abbey, Chowan, Converse, Emmanuel, Erskine, King, Lees-McRae, Limestone, Mount Olive, North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan. 

Conference Carolinas believes in the development and formation of the whole person in body, mind and soul. Our students are nationally recognized for their extraordinary success in the classroom, in the community and at the highest levels of NCAA competition.

Please visit to learn more about Conference Carolinas.

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