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Volleyball slotted seventh among West Division teams in AAC Preseason Poll

 IRVING, Texas— The 2023 American Athletic Conference Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll and Honors were officially released on Monday. UTSA was picked to finish seventh among the West Division teams and received 21 points ahead of its inaugural AAC campaign. 

The Roadrunners share a division with the two highest-scoring preseason squads, as SMU topped the list earning 78 points and seven first-place votes, while Rice scored 76 with six choosing them as the league's best. Wichita State followed in fourth with 59 points, North Texas 52, ahead of Tulsa, earning 30, and Tulane 24 in sixth.  

Memphis led the East Division, scoring 72 and picking up six first-place nods. Not far behind, East Carolina received 70 points and five first-place selections. Also earning a first-place vote, Florida Atlantic was picked third with 48, tying Temple. Rounding things out in the East, South Florida was selected fifth and received a first-place vote for 37 points, UAB sixth with 25, and Charlotte seventh with 33. 

Additionally, Jamison Wheeler of SMU was named the West Division Preseason Player of the Year, while Wichita State's Brylee Kelley earned the accolade in the East.   

The full American Athletic Conference Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll and Honors can be found below:

West Division

  1. SMU (7)                      78
  2. Rice (6)                       76
  3. Wichita State              59
  4. North Texas                52
  5. Tulsa                           30
  6. Tulane                         24
  7. UTSA                          21


East Division

1. Memphis (6)                   72

2. East Carolina (5)            70

3. Florida Atlantic (1)        48

   Temple                           48

5.   South Florida (1)         37

6.   UAB                            35

7.   Charlotte                      33


(#) denotes first place votes


Preseason Player of the Year

Jamison Wheeler, Jr., OH, SMU

Brylee Kelly, R-Sr., OH, Wichita State


Preseason All-Conference Team

Angeles Alderete, So., OH, East Carolina

Bailey Houlihan, Sr., L, Memphis

Sh'Diamond Holly, Sr., MB, North Texas

Aryn Johnson, Jr., OH, North Texas

Treyaunna Rush, Sr., OPP, North Texas

Nia McCardell, Sr., L/DS, Rice

Danyle Courtley, Sr., OH, Rice

Sahara Maruska, Sr., OH, Rice

Emilia Weske, Gr., RS, Rice

Emma Clothier, Gr., MB, SMU

Celia Cullen, Sr., S, SMU

Jamison Wheeler, Jr., OH, SMU*

Kayley, Cassaday, 5th, OH, Tulsa

Natalie Foster, Jr., MB/RS, Wichita State

Brylee Kelly, R-Sr., OH, Wichita State*


* denotes unanimous selection



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