Wesleyan spikers picked to place fourth

BRIDGEPORT – The West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Mountain East Conference preseason poll anounced on Tuesday.

The Lady Bobcats of head coach Jackie Hinton received 89 points.

Wesleyan finished in a tie for third place last season in the MEC with a 12-4 record.

Wheeling Jesuit was overwhelmingly picked to repeat as MEC champs in the vote conducted by the league’s coaches.

The Cardinals received a maximum of 121 points, including 11 first-place votes. WJU went 38-6 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals, where it lost to eventual national champion Concordia. Makenzie Ripley, a first team All-MEC performer last season, returns along with the league’s Freshman of the Year Haley Kindall and Kayce Krucki, a second team All-MEC performer.