The Tar Heels received 4 first place votes in a tight race for the preseason favorite spot.
The Tar Heels received 4 first place votes in a tight race for the preseason favorite spot.
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UNC Selected ACC Preseason No. 3
Release: 08/26/2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – The Carolina volleyball team was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference, receiving 180 possible points and 4 first place votes. Tar Heels Chaniel Nelson and Paige Neuenfeldt also earned Preseason All-ACC Team honors for the second straight year. 

Florida State, which has won two of the last three and three of the last five Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball league titles, was tabbed as the preseason favorite in a vote by the league’s 15 head coaches.

The Seminoles accumulated a total of 187 out of a possible 196 points. First-place votes were awarded 14 points, second place received 13 points, etc. Coaches were not allowed to include their own team in their predicted order of finish.

Florida State narrowly surpassed second place Duke (181 points) and third place North Carolina (180), while Miami (151) and Louisville (123) rounded out the top five. Virginia’s 113 points placed it ahead of NC State (106), Syracuse (105), Pittsburgh (103) and Virginia Tech (93). Notre Dame (85), Clemson (53), Georgia Tech (40), Wake Forest (39) and Boston College (16) completed the poll.

A total of 11 teams are represented on the 2014 Preseason All-ACC Team. Duke and Florida State lead all conference schools with three selections apiece, followed by Louisville, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia with two selections each. NC State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech all have one selection.

Twelve of the 19 selections were voted to the 2013 All-ACC Team. The squad features AVCA Third Team All-American and 2013 ACC Player of the Year Sklar, along with six others that were named Honorable Mention All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The 2014 season gets underway on Friday, August 29, with 14 of the conference’s teams in action. The 2014 ACC volleyball champion will be determined by the final regular season standings, with that team receiving an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship.

2014 ACC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish


No.                                          Team (First Place)             Points                 2013 Record (Conference)

1                                              Florida State (7)                    187                       26-7 (17-3)          

2                                              Duke (4)                                  181                       28-5 (18-2)

3                                              North Carolina (4)                180                       27-5 (16-4)

4                                              Miami                                      151                       19-12 (12-8)

5                                              Louisville                               123                       23-8 (18-0)

6                                              Virginia                                   113                       18-14 (11-9)        

7                                              NC State                                   106                       20-12 (11-9)

8                                              Syracuse                                  105                       16-16 (11-9)

9                                              Pittsburgh                               103                       19-14 (11-9)

10                                           Virginia Tech                         93                         22-12 (10-10)

11                                           Notre Dame                            85                         13-18 (7-13)

12                                           Clemson                                  53                         15-16 (9-11)

13                                           Georgia Tech                          40                         12-20 (6-14)

14                                           Wake Forest                           39                         16-16 (5-15)

15                                           Boston College                       16                         9-23 (1-19)


2014 Preseason All-ACC Team


Name                                    Class                                        Position                              School

Emily Sklar                          Junior                                       Outside Hitter                    Duke

Jeme Obeime                        Senior                                      Outside Hitter                    Duke

Maggie Deichmeister         Senior                                      Setter                                    Duke

Nicole Walch                       Junior                                       Outside Hitter                    Florida State

Katie Mosher                        Senior                                      Libero                                  Florida State

Sarah Burrington                 Sophomore                             Middle Blocker                  Florida State

Katie George                         Junior                                       Setter                                    Louisville

Janelle Jenkins                     Sophomore                             Outside Hitter                    Louisville

Savanah Leaf                        Senior                                      Outside Hitter                    Miami

Emani Sims                          Senior                                      Middle Blocker                  Miami

Paige Neuenfeldt                 Junior                                       Middle Blocker                  North Carolina

Chaniel Nelson                    Senior                                      Opposite Hitter                  North Carolina

Jeni Houser                           Senior                                      Middle Blocker                  Notre Dame

Dariyan Hopper                   Senior                                      Outside Hitter                    NC State

Jessica Wynn                       Senior                                      Outside Hitter                    Pittsburgh

Silvi Uattara                          Junior                                       Outside Hitter                    Syracuse

Lauren Fuller                       Junior                                       Setter                                    Virginia

Jasmine Burton                    Sophomore                             Outside Hitter                    Virginia

Kathryn Caine                      Senior                                      Middle Blocker                  Virginia Tech




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