LANCASTER, PA – The Johns Hopkins volleyball team earned seven out of a possible 11 first-place votes and took a total of 96 points to earn the top spot in the 2017 Centennial Conference Preseason Volleyball poll, voted on by the league’s coaches, which was announced today.
Swarthmore came in second with three first-place votes and 93 total points followed by Muhlenberg in third with 76 points. Franklin & Marshall earned the remaining first-place vote and notched 73 points to finish fourth while Haverford rounded out the top five with 65 points.
The Blue Jays went a perfect 10-0 in Centennial play last season for just the second time in team history, and went onto win their fourth conference title. They return the Centennial Player of the Year, Elizabeth Wuerstle, and the conference rookie of the year Sarah Elnozahy. Head Coach Tim Cole was also named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year last season, marking the first time in program history the team swept all three conference awards.
Hopkins will begin the 2017 season on the road against Emory on September 1 at 5 pm. JHU will play its first home match on Sept. 15 against St. Mary’s at 7 pm.
2017 Centennial Conference Preseason Volleyball Poll
Rk. School (1st Place Votes) Points (2016 Record)
1. Johns Hopkins (7) 96 (20-9)
2. Swarthmore (3) 93 (27-5)
3. Muhlenberg 76 (17-12)
4. Franklin & Marshall (1) 73 (20-11)
5. Haverford 65 (19-9)
6. Gettysburg 56 (16-9)
7. McDaniel 46 (13-13)
8. Dickinson 40 (12-13)
9. Washington College 31 (12-15)
10. Ursinus 17 (8-14)
11. Bryn Mawr 12 (3-19)