RICHARDSON, TX -

 Hardin-Simmons’ volleyball team has been picked to finish third in the American Southwest Conference preseason poll of coaches and sports information directors.

The Cowgirls are the four-time defending champions of the league. HSU returns seven letter-winners and three starters from a 23-17 season in 2013.

It was a three-way battle at the top of the poll from three NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. Mary Hardin-Baylor was picked as the favorite with 139 poll points and five first-place votes. Texas-Dallas, the regular season champion last year, received seven first-place votes and 136 poll points and HSU had four first-place votes and 134 poll points.

East Texas Baptist, Texas-Tyler, Concordia, Howard Payne, LeTourneau and Sul Ross State rounded out the poll.

Seniors Hannah Hornsby and Molli Owen, both players that have been in the lineup since they were freshmen, were named to the ASC players to watch list.

 

HSU has been to the ASC Championship game in eight of the last nine seasons and has won five league crowns.

 

ASC Volleyball Preseason Poll

Rank

Team

Pts.

2013 Record

1.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (5)

139

29-7/15-3

2.

Texas Dallas (7)

136

30-9/17-1

3.

Hardin-Simmons (4)

134

23-17/14-4

4.

East Texas Baptist (2)

127

32-10/13-4

5.

Texas-Tyler

109

24-12/10-8

6.

Concordia Texas

68

12-21/7-11

7.

Howard Payne

55

17-17/7-11

8.

LeTourneau

43

9-26/3-15

9.

Sul Ross State

20

0-29/0-18

(First-Place Votes)
 
ASC Volleyball Players to Watch List
*2013 All-ASC Selection

Name

Cl.

Pos.

Team

Katie Baker*

Jr.

OH

Concordia Texas

Zoe Allen

Jr.

S

Concordia Texas

Kolby Sharp*

Jr.

MB

East Texas Baptist

Mallory Sanders*

So.

OH

East Texas Baptist

Hannah Hornsby*

Sr.

RS

Hardin-Simmons

Molli Owen

Sr.

S

Hardin-Simmons

Allison Eaton

Jr.

S

Howard Payne

Micah Cisneroz

Jr.

MB

Howard Payne

Elyse Wright

So.

MB/RS

LeTourneau

Kayla Ronda

Jr.

OH

LeTourneau

Lauren Powell*

Jr.

OH

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Kendra Feldman*

Jr.

L

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Lauren Aldana

Sr.

OH

Sul Ross State

Alilee Church

So.

OH

Sul Ross State

Taylour Toso*

Sr.

OH

Texas Dallas

Kayla Jordan*

Jr.

S

Texas Dallas

Breanna Brummett*

Sr.

OH

Texas-Tyler

Courtney Criswell*

So.

L/OH

Texas-Tyler

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