BOSTON, Mass. – Simmons Volleyball returns just five players from its 2012 roster, including the veteran senior trio of Nafeesa Connolly (Natick, Mass.), Rossi Fish (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Megan Chamberlin (Milford, Mass.). The Sharks, who received 116 points in the poll, welcome five newcomers to round out their 2013 lineup and will look to make another run in the GNAC tournament under head coach Alesia Vaccari.
Rivier University received 138 total points and nine first place votes to land in the top spot of the 2013 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women's Volleyball Pre-Season Coaches' Poll. Johnson & Wales University garnered the other three first place votes, finishing second with 124. Saint Joseph's College (ME) collected 109 points in fourth while Emmanuel College rounded out the program's receiving more than 100 points, ranking fifth with 103 points.
After posting an 11-1 regular season mark last year in GNAC play, the Raiders will look to avenge a loss in the GNAC Finals to Emerson College (3-1). Johnson & Wales will look to build off of an encouraging 2012 campaign in which they posted 14 wins and an 8-4 mark in the GNAC
Emmanuel welcomes its largest freshman class in over a decade with 10 first years on the roster. The young Saints will look to make some noise in the league without one senior on the roster and try to help Head Coach Denitra Seals capture her 100th victory along the way as she enters the season just two shy of the milestone.
Lasell College captured the sixth spot in the poll with 76 points while their Mount Ida College neighbors were seventh with 67 points. Norwich University was right on their heels with 64 points in eighth place.
With 48 points, Suffolk University placed ninth and University of Saint Joseph (CT) was in 10th with 44 points. Albertus Magnus College notched 31 points in the 11th spot while Anna Maria College rounded out the poll with 16 points in the 12th position.
The Sharks open their season on the road at Wheaton College on Saturday, Aug 31 at 1:00 p.m.
Release Courtesy of the GNAC