BEREA, Ky. — The University of Rio Grande volleyball team has been selected to finish sixth in the 2014 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll released on Thursday.
The RedStorm picked up 66 points in the balloting of the league’s 11 coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own squad.
Rio Grande returns a handful of players from last year’s team, which finished 14-16. Among those back for head coach Billina Donaldson are sophomores Kayla Riley (Marion, OH) and Autumn Snider (Marion, OH), both of whom were named to the All-Mid-South Conference second team a year ago.
Asbury University, which won both the league’s 2013 regular season and tournament championships, was picked as the top team after collecting 10 first-place votes and 100 points. Point Park University was selected in the second position with 78 points, while Indiana University-Kokomo received the other first place vote and tied for third with Indiana University-Southeast in the poll with 75 points.
Indiana University-East was fifth in the poll with 67 points, finishing just ahead of Rio Grande. Carlow University (45 points), Cincinnati Christian University (42), Midway College (25), Brescia University (22) and Alice Lloyd College (10 points) completed the list.
The 2014 volleyball season begins later this month and will conclude with the conference tournament November 14-15.
Rio Grande opens its regular season schedule on Friday, Aug. 22, when it hosts the Aces In August Classic at the Newt Oliver Arena.