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Redhawks Picked Sixth In Preseason OVC Volleyball Poll

Aug. 9, 2007

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State volleyball has been picked to finish sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll, released today by the conference office. The Redhawks tallied 125 points in the annual poll that was voted on by the conference's 11 head coaches and sports information directors.

Jacksonville State, the defending OVC champions, was picked as the favorite to win its second consecutive conference title with 197 points and garnered a whopping 18 first-place votes. Morehead State captured second with 160 points and three first-place votes, while Eastern Kentucky was selected third with 175 points. Tennessee State (Fourth - 134 points) and Murray State (Fifth - 133 points) also finished in the top five. Following Southeast was Tennessee Tech in seventh with 103 points and Tennessee-Martin claimed 96 points for eighth place. Rounding out the poll are Eastern Illinois (Ninth - 63 points), Samford (10th - 33 points) and Austin Peay (11th - 30 points).

The Redhawks produced a 16-18 overall record with an 8-8 mark in conference play last season and advanced to the OVC Tournament championship match for the first time since 2002.

Senior middle blocker Brenna Schlader (Columbia, Mo./Hickman) earned her first conference accolade as she was named Second Team Preseason All-OVC. Schlader finished eighth in the conference in blocks with a 0.94 per game average and led Southeast with a .227 hitting percentage. She also finished second on the team in hitting with a 2.83 kill-per-game average.

Southeast begins the 2007 season on Aug. 24-25 against nationally-ranked Ohio State, Ball State and Maine at the Nike/Active Ankle Invitational in Muncie, Ind.

2007 Preseason All-OVC Volleyball Team
(as selected by OVC Head Volleyball Coaches
and Sports Information Directors)

FIRST TEAM *Abbey Breit, Jacksonville State, MB/OH, Sr., 5-10 #Erin Peak, Morehead State, MH, Jr., 6-1 *Brittany Nobillo, Eastern Kentucky, LIB, Sr., 5-5 #Heather Norris, Murray State, LIB, Jr., 5-8 Kelly Davis, Tennessee State, OH/OPP, Sr., 5-11 #Brittney Whitten, Jacksonville State, OH, So., 5-9 Eliza Zwettler, Eastern Illinois, OH, Sr., 6-2

SECOND TEAM Brenna Schlader, Southeast Missouri, MB, Sr., 6-3 #Katelyn Barbour, Morehead State, S, Jr., 5-9 Kathryn Sprague, Tennessee-Martin, MB, Sr., 6-4 Kappy Lang, Tennessee Tech, S, Jr., 5-8 Amanda Lindgren, Tennessee Tech, OH, So., 6-1 Rebekah Nichols, Jacksonville State, OPP, So., 6-1 Cassie Chesney, Murray State, S, So., 5-3

* - First Team All-OVC in 2005 # - Second Team All-OVC in 2006

2007 OVC Volleyball Predicted Team Order of Finish
(as selected by OVC Head Volleyball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)

1. Jacksonville State (18 first-place votes) 197 pts 2. Morehead State (Three first-place votes) 160 pts 3. Eastern Kentucky 136 pts 4. Tennessee State 134 pts 5. Murray State (One first-place vote) 133 pts 6. Southeast Missouri 125 pts 7. Tennessee Tech 103 pts 8. Tennessee-Martin 96 pts 9. Eastern Illinois 63 pts 10. Samford 33 pts 11. Austin Peay 30 pts


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