NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State volleyball’s Julia Pierson was named to the Preseason All-OVC Team announced by the Ohio Valley Conference this morning. The Tigers were picked to finish eighth overall in a vote of the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors.
The two-time preseason pick led the Tigers with 364 kills, 13 double-doubles, 25 service aces and 427 team points as a junior, earning her a place on last season’s First Team All-OVC. Pierson, a native of Rowlett, Texas, with one season left in blue and white has already placed herself in the TSU volleyball record books with sixth-place spots for career kills (854), career attacks (2,512) and block assists (171).
Tennessee State finished last season 9-19, 7-9 in league play, its best showing under third-year head coach Donika Sutton with five-straight conference victories, the 250th program win and a trip to the OVC tournament.
Murray State has been picked to win the league after picking up 12 first-place votes. Last year’s conference champion Austin Peay, earned six first-place votes. The Govs were picked to finish second under the Racers in last season’s vote as well.
The Tigers will start the season at the War Eagle Invitational versus Auburn on Aug. 30 at Auburn Arena in Auburn, Alabama. Conference play gets underway at Eastern Kentucky Sept. 27 in Richmond, Kentucky.
2019 Volleyball Preseason All-OVC Team
(voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors)
Ginny Busse (Gerig), Austin Peay
Chandler Clark, Morehead State
Hope Everett, SIUE
Becca Fernandez, Murray State
Kaylee Frear, Jacksonville State
Rachel Giustino, Murray State
Lexie Libbs, Jacksonville State
Olivia Lohmeier, Morehead State
Rachel McDonald, SIUE
Brooke Moore, Austin Peay
Hannah Phillips, UT Martin
Julia Pierson, Tennessee State
Lauren Rokey, Morehead State
Rachel Thomas, Tennessee Tech
Annie Wehrheim, Southeast Missouri
2019 OVC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish
- Murray State (12) – 228
- Austin Peay (6) – 212
- Morehead State (5) – 207
- Jacksonville State (1) – 197
- SIUE – 149
- Southeast Missouri – 146
- UT Martin – 117
- Tennessee State – 85
- Tennessee Tech – 83
- Belmont – 66
- Eastern Illinois – 64
- Eastern Kentucky – 30
(*Schools were not allowed to rank their own team. 11 points awarded for a fi rst-place vote, 10 for second, etc.)