Wells and Anderson Honored, Volleyball Picked 8th
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Wells and Anderson Honored, Volleyball Picked 8th

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference released its preseason awards and poll naming two Tennessee State University volleyball players, senior Naomi Wells and sophomore Arijana Anderson, to the Preseason All-Conference Team.

Wells makes her second straight appearance and Anderson is one of only two sophomores on the Preseason All-OVC team.  Anderson was named OVC Newcomer of the year for 2013 after posting a 2.73 kills per set average. Wells led the conference in kills per set (3.57 average), points (395), and points per set (4.03 average) last season.

"Naomi Wells and Arijana Anderson have meant so much to this team," head coach Kathy Rulhac said. "They have really worked hard to get to where they are today and it's nice to see them get recognized for it."

The Tigers were picked eighth in the preseason poll. They come in 55 points behind Southeast Missouri for seventh and four points ahead of ninth place Murray State. TSU returns seven players from last year’s team that finished with a 10-18 record.

"We are the hunters this season. We have a good group of girls that are going to surprise people."

The season begins for the Tigers on Aug. 29th at Arkansas with their first conference game coming at home on Sep. 26th against defending OVC Champion Morehead State.



2014 Preseason All-OVC Volleyball Team
( as Selected by OVC Head Volleyball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)
                                                                        POS.            CL.              
Marah Bradbury, Eastern Illinois*               S                 Jr.            
Naomi Wells, Tennessee State*           OH/OPP        R-Sr.         
Alyssa Lelm, Murray State                           MB               Jr.           
Chelsea Lee, Eastern Illinois                 OH/MB            Jr.            
Laura McDermott, Morehead State            MB             R-Sr.          
Alex Martin, Belmont                                     MB               Sr.            
Chelsea Colclasure, SIUE                          DS               Sr.           
Jada Stotts, Austin Peay                              OH               Sr.           
Taylor Masterson, Southeast Missouri     MB                Jr.              
Mallory Mangun, SIUE                                   S                 So.            
Alexis Plagens, Eastern Kentucky             OH               Sr.           
Alex Fitzmorris, Morehead State#             RSH            R-Sr.          
Arijana Anderson, Tennessee State#   OH/OPP         So.             
Colbey Cameron, Morehead State             S                 Sr.            
* - All-OVC in 2013
# - All-Newcomer in 2013
2014 OVC Volleyball Predicted Team Order of Finish
1. Morehead State (15 first-place votes) 228 pts
2. Eastern Illinois (Five first-place votes) 210 pts
3. Belmont (Two first-place votes) 185 pts
4. Austin Peay (One first-place vote) 169 pts
5. Eastern Kentucky 165 pts
6. SIUE (One first-place vote) 156 pts
7. Southeast Missouri 147 pts
8. Tennessee State 92 pts
9. Murray State 88 pts
10. Jacksonville State 58 pts
11. UT Martin 53 pts
12. Tennessee Tech 33 pts
(*Schools were not allowed to rank their own team. 11 points awarded for a first-place vote, 10 for second, etc.)