RICHMOND, Va. – If the Atlantic 10 Conference Preseason Coaches Volleyball Poll is any indication, it's going to be an entertaining league race in 2013.
Juniors Cecilia Aragao (setter), Amanda Love (libero) and sophomore Romana Kriskova (outside hitter), and A-10 All-Rookie Team selection in 2013, form a solid foundation for VCU. They'll have the help of four other returning lettermen, plus four newcomers, including ACC transfers Kalah Jones (Clemson) and Kaitlyn LaMantia (N.C. State).
Dayton was a unanimous selection to repeat as conference champion, followed by Duquesne, Saint Louis, VCU and George Washington, respectively, a quartet separated by just 14 votes.
VCU kicks off its 2013 season Aug. 30-31 in a tournament at IUPUI in Indianapolis. The Rams open that weekend with Florida Gulf Coast and will also face host IUPUI and Illinois State. VCU opens the home portion of its slate on Wednesday, Oct. 2 with Hampton.
2013 A-10 Volleyball
Coaches Preseason Poll
Dayton (9) 81
Saint Louis 58
George Washington 50
Rhode Island 37
George Mason 26
La Salle 11
First place votes in parenthesis