RICHMOND, Va. – VCU is the unanimous favorite to repeat as Atlantic 10 Conference champions, according to the league's coaches. On Wednesday, the A-10 unveiled its annual coaches preseason poll ahead of this weekend's season opening matches.
The Rams, 30-3 a year ago, including 14-0 in A-10 play, received all 10 first place votes. VCU, with 100 points, was followed by Dayton (90), Saint Louis (80) and Duquesne (63).
The Rams return five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's championship squad that registered a 27-match win streak, including All-East Region middle blocker Tori Baldwin (Liberty, N.C.) and All-Atlantic 10 honoree Vicky Giommarini (Rome, Italy).
Led by sixth-year Coach Jody Rogers, VCU will kick off the 2018 campaign on Friday, Aug. 24 when it takes on N.C. State at 7 p.m. in the N.C. State Invitational.
The Rams will open their home season on Monday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. against Wichita State. Season tickets for the 2018 VCU Volleyball season are just $35 and include additional benefits. For more information or to purchase season tickets, visit: http://vcuathletics.com/tickets/VBTickets.
2018 Atlantic 10 Volleyball Preseason Poll
(number in parenthesis indicates first-place votes)
VCU (10) - 100
Dayton - 90
Saint Louis - 80
Duquesne - 63
George Washington - 61
Rhode Island - 44
Fordham - 36
Davidson - 35
La Salle - 23
George Mason - 18