WILMINGTON – UNCW, the defending Colonial Athletic Association champion, was picked to finish second behind preseason favorite Hofstra by the league’s nine head coaches. Seahawk senior outside hitter Nicole Lott was picked for the preseason all-conference squad.
“The recognition of being honored with a preseason award ultimately shows that the coaches in our conference value Nicole’s talent and work ethic,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek, who is entering her ninth season at the lead. “It was also nice to see Anna Moss named honorable mention as a rising sophomore who was at the top of the CAA for blocks last season.”
Lott was a first-team All-CAA selection as a junior after leading the Seahawks in kills (385) and kills per set (3.5). Those figures ranked her fourth in the CAA in both categories.
The Seahawks captured their first conference title in 2015 and advanced to the Chapel Hill Regional of the NCAA tournament for the first time. UNCW finished the breakthrough year with a record of 24-8.
“The preseason rankings over the years have shown a steady increase for our program and this year our team knows there is a lot more at stake,” Bambenek added. “This is great recognition for our program, but the work has to be done daily to achieve our goals.”
UNCW opens the 2016 schedule on Aug. 26 with a 7 p.m. start against Winthrop.
|Preseason Poll Results
|1. Hofstra (4)||56|
|2. UNCW (1)||52|
|3. Towson (2)||51|
|4. James Madison (2)||49|
|5. College of Charleston||42|
|7. William & Mary||20|
Preseason All-CAA Team
|Janey Goodman, James Madison||RS||Sr.||Powhatan, Va.|
|Anna Holehouse, Towson||L/DS||R-So.||Joppa, Md.|
|Hannah Klemm, Hofstra||S||Sr.||Berlin, Germany|
|Veronika Kostova, Hofstra||OH||Sr.||Hamburg, Germany|
|Jocelyn Kuilan, Towson||RS||So.||Tao Baja, Puerto Rico|
|Jessica Lewis, Towson||OH||Sr.||Huntsville, Ala.|
|Nicole Lott, UNCW||OH||Sr.||West Chester, Pa.|
|Leticia Valente, Hofstra||MB||Jr.||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
2016 Preseason Player of the Year: Janey Goodman, James Madison