Louisville Volleyball Projected To Win The AAC, Also Preseason Conference P.O.Y And All-Conference Team Announced

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Well in the case the P in P.O.Y. stands for players. Seniors Emily Juhl and Brooke Mattingly have been tabbed the American Athletic Conferences’ inaugural Pre-season Players Of The Year. Also the Cards were tabbed to win the conference in its’ first season. 4 Cards were named 1st team pre-season all-conference selections including 3 unanimous picks. Sr Caitlin Welch joins Mattingly and Juhl as unanimous selections. Hannah Kvittle was the 4th person selected. The following is a press release via TheAmerican.org

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Louisville has been selected as the favorite in the 2013 American Athletic Conference Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll. UCF was picked second, edging UConn, which was selected third. The votes were cast by the league’s 10 head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own teams. Louisville’s Brooke Mattingly and Emily Juhl were named co-Preseason Players of the Year.

Louisville is the favorite for the inaugural season of The American in 2013 after a record breaking season in 2012, receiving 79 points and seven first place votes. The Cardinals captured their second consecutive BIG EAST regular season title in 2012, posting a 30-4 overall record and a 13-1 conference mark, recording the fifth season in program history with at least 30 wins. In 2012 the Cardinals finished ranked No. 7 in the RPI and No. 17 in the AVCA Coaches Poll. Louisville advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after a first round victory over Belmont. They return a talented roster that features four members of the preseason All-Conference team, including the Co-Preseason Players of the Year, Brooke Mattingly and Emily Juhl. Mattingly, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection last season, posted 209 kills, 85 blocks, and a .337 hitting percentage in 2012. Juhl, a senior outside hitter, recorded 159 kills, 67 blocks, and had 55 digs on the season.  Joining them as Preseason All-Conference selections are Caitlin Welch and Hannah Kvittle. Welch was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team last year, leading the team with 628 digs, while Kvittle had 691 assists and a team high 32 aces.

2013 American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll

School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Louisville (7) 79
2. UCF (2) 69
3. UConn (1) 59
4. Cincinnati 53
5. USF 49
6. SMU 41
7. Temple 36
8. Houston 26
9. Rutgers 21
10. Memphis 17

2013 American Athletic Conference Volleyball Preseason Awards   American Athletic Conference Preseason Co-Players of the Year Brooke Mattingly, Louisville, Sr., MB Emily Juhl, Louisville, Sr., OH

All- American Athletic Conference Preseason Team Angelica Crump, UCF, Sr., OH * Erin Fairs, USF. So., OH Emily Howard, Houston, So., MB * Emily Juhl, Louisville, Sr., OH Hannah Kvittle, Louisville, Sr., S Maddie Lozano, SMU, Sr., MB Emmi MacIntyre, Cincinnati, Sr., DS Gabriella Matautia, Temple, Sr., RS * Brooke Mattingly, Louisville, Sr., MB * DeLaina Sarden, UCF, Jr., MB * Caitlin Welch, Louisville, Sr., DS/L * Caroline Young, SMU, Jr., OH

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