Thursday, August 10, 2006
August 10, 2006 Three Lady Tiger Netters Named To OVC Preseason Volleyball Team Lady Tigers Picked To Finish Second Three Lady Tigers were named to the 2006 Ohio Valley Conference preseason volleyball team. Junior outside hitter Kelly Davis (Farrell, PA) and senior middle hitter Kelley Smith (Michigan City, IN) were named to the first team. Senior setter Tiana Maua (Spokane, WA) was named to the second team. The preseason OVC volleyball team is selected by the league's head volleyball coaches and sports information directors. TSU which won a share of its first regular-season title in 2005, is predicted to finish second in 2006 with 179 points and eight first-place votes. Eastern Kentucky, which shared last year's title with the Lady Tigers was picked to finish first with 181 votes and seven first-place votes. Tennessee State is coming off its most successful season in program history winning a share of the 2005 OVC regular season title last year with a 22-11 overall record and 14-2 league mark. The Lady Tigers have six starters among seven letterwinners returning from the 2005 season. Among the returnees are junior outside hitter Kelly Davis and senior middle hitter Kelley Smith. Davis, a Farrell, PA, native, was a 2005 All-OVC second team selection after ranking among the league leaders with 0.98 blocks per game. Smith, who hails from Michigan City, IN was a second team All-OVC pick last year, finished third in the OVC with a .317 hitting percentage. Senior setter Tiana Maui, from Spokane, WA, was a 2005 All-OVC second team and All-OVC newcomer selection last year. Lady Tiger head coach Kathy Roulhac, was named the 2005 OVC Coach of the Year, after completing the first year at the helm of the TSU volleyball program. Tennessee State will open their 2006 on Tuesday, August 29th at Belmont University (Nashville) before departing on a sixteen-day, 9-match road trip beginning with the Clemson Invitational in Clemson, NC, September 1-3. The Lady Tigers will open their OVC season with their home opener on September 22nd against Jacksonville State (AL). -- more -- 2006 PRESEASON ALL-OVC VOLLEYBALL TEAM ( as Selected by OVC Head Volleyball Coaches and Sports Information Directors) FIRST TEAM POS. CL. HT. HOMETOWN Abbey Breit, Jacksonville State MB Jr. 5'10 Louisville, Ky.* Jessica Koeper, Southeast Missouri OH Sr. 5'11 Jackson, Mo.* Kelly Davis, Tennessee State OH Jr. 5'11 Farrell, Pa.# Kelly Jennings, Eastern Kentucky S Sr. 5'8 Barrington, Ill.* Brittany Nobilio, Eastern Kentucky LIB Jr. 5'5 Johnsburg, Ill.* Jamie Baumstark, Southeast Missouri S Sr. 5'11 Hermann, Mo.# Kelley Smith, Tennessee State MH Sr. 6'2 Michigan City, Ind.# SECOND TEAM POS. CL. HT. HOMETOWN Amy Arlinghaus, Eastern Kentucky OH Jr. 6'0 North Olmstead, Ohio Jessica Sabath, Eastern Kentucky OH Sr. 5'10 Kirtland, Ohio Ashley Doshcer, Morehead State OH So. 6'0 Frisco, Texas& Kara Sorenson, Eastern Illinois OH Sr. 6'2 Avon, Ind. Tiana Maua, Tennessee State S Sr. 5'10 Spokane, Wash.#& Sara Sears, Samford OH So. 5'9 Fairhope, Ala.& Maren Crabtree, Eastern Illinois S Jr. 5'8 Muncie, Ind. * - 1st Team All-OVC in 2005 # - 2nd Team All-OVC in 2005 & - All-Newcomer Team in 2005 2006 OVC VOLLEYBALL PREDICTED TEAM ORDER OF FINISH (as Selected by OVC Head Volleyball Coaches and Sports Information Directors) 1. Eastern Kentucky (Seven first-place votes) 181 pts. 2. Tennessee State (Eight first-place votes) 179 pts. 3. Jacksonville State (Seven first-place votes) 175 pts. 4. Southeast Missouri 147 pts. 5. Eastern Illinois 126 pts. 6. Samford 93 pts. 7. Austin Peay 90 pts. 8. Morehead State 67 pts. 9. Murray State 61 pts. 10. Tennessee Tech 49 pts. 11. UT Martin 42 pt s.