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    ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    Texas Tabbed To Win 2011 Volleyball Title - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site

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    The Texas Longhorns have earned the top spot in the 2011 Big 12 Preseason Volleyball Poll, as selected by the league's head coaches. This marks the third time UT has been picked as the preseason favorite (2008, 2009).

    Texas, who advanced to its third-straight NCAA semifinals appearance in 2010, garnered seven of the nine first-place votes, tallying 63 points overall. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team.

    Iowa State, who received two first-place votes, along with Oklahoma tied for second with 53 points each. Texas A&M and Missouri placed fourth and fifth, respectively, while Baylor sits in sixth just two points behind the Tigers. Kansas, Kansas State and Texas Tech round out the final three spots.

    In 2010, the 'Horns compiled a 27-6 overall record along with an 18-2 mark in Big 12 play, finishing fourth in the final AVCA poll. Appearing in their seventh overall NCAA tournament, UT defeated 16th seeded Purdue in the Austin Regional before falling to national champion Penn State in the semifinals. The Longhorns ranked as high as No. 2 last season and were never ranked lower than 13th. Texas returns nine letterwinners from the 2010 squad, including All-American and Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Rachael Adams, plus seniors Michelle Kocher, Amber Roberson and Sydney Yogi. Jerritt Elliott, the 2010 Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year, returns for his 11th season. UT has claimed four Big 12 titles (1997, 2007, 2008, 2009) in the league's 16-year tenure.

    Big 12 teams open the season the weekend of Aug. 26, while conference action is slated to begin on Sept. 21.

    2011 Big 12 Volleyball Preseason Poll
    1. Texas (7) - 63 pts
    2. Iowa State (2) - 53
    2. Oklahoma - 53
    4. Texas A&M - 43
    5. Missouri - 32
    6. Baylor - 30
    7. Kansas - 22
    8. Kansas State - 20
    9. Texas Tech - 8

    Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year
    MB - Rachael Adams, Texas (SR)

    Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year
    OH - Hannah Willms, Iowa State (r-FR)

    Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year
    MB/OH - Khat Bell, Texas (FR)

    Preseason All-Big 12 Team
    MB - Torri Campbell, Baylor (JR)
    S - Alison Landwehr, Iowa State (JR)
    MB - Jamie Straube, Iowa State (JR)
    MB - Kaitlynn Pelger, Kansas State (SO)
    MB/OH - Brittney Brimmage, Missouri (SR)
    S - Molly Kreklow, Missouri (SO)
    S - Brianne Barker, Oklahoma (SR)
    RS/OH - Suzy Boulavsky, Oklahoma (SO)
    MB - Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma (SO)
    MB - Rachael Adams, Texas (SR)
    OH - Amber Roberson, Texas (SR)
    OH - Kelsey Black, Texas A&M (SR)
    S - Allie Sawatzky, Texas A&M (SO)
    OH - Amanda Dowdy, Texas Tech (SR)



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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    I think we will be good enough to finish 2nd and maybe beat texas at least once. I'm curious as to who will start. Who do you guys think will be in the starting line up?



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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    Destinee Hooker is finally gone from Texas......seemed like she was there for a decade. With her gone, I think ISU really can challenge for the Big 12 title.



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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by CarrollCyclone View Post
    Destinee Hooker is finally gone from Texas......seemed like she was there for a decade. With her gone, I think ISU really can challenge for the Big 12 title.
    Uhhh, she was gone from Texas last year.

    And Landwehr 1st team all Big 12? Did I miss something last year? She seemed like one of the weak links and was extremely inconsistent setting.



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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Uhhh, she was gone from Texas last year.

    And Landwehr 1st team all Big 12? Did I miss something last year? She seemed like one of the weak links and was extremely inconsistent setting.
    Four setters from a 10-team league on the first team. I realize many are using the 6-2 system now, but that's a lot.

    I think we can finish 2nd, and with an exceptional year even challenge Texas. That would take Wilms emerging as a star, Hockaday getting back to full form, Landwehr truly taking charge, and Hahn fitting into Maas' back row kneepads sneakers.

    I worry most about MU and OU. Maybe partly because I watched a lot of their players in high school, and I think MU's Molly Kreklow will evolve into one of the nation's best setters. Also, watch out for freshman Jade Hayes with MU. She has the potential to step in right away and be effective on both the back and front rows.



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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    Actually - don't be surprised to see Hockaday playing libero.



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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by gizzsdad View Post
    Actually - don't be surprised to see Hockaday playing libero.
    Seriously? She was our second best OH next to Henson two years ago. That is a huge change in direction, and waste of talent IMO.



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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    MO in the others-receiving-votes category. Is anyone surprised to see UNI above ISU? OU a little ahead may not be meaningful, but, we have to perform well to win.

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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    According to Coach Johnson, Hahn will be libero and has made significant progress over the spring.



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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by twistedredbird View Post
    According to Coach Johnson, Hahn will be libero and has made significant progress over the spring.

    Did you hear what she said about Hannah Willms. Christy said she improved her whole game, but it sounded like she wasn't going to play that much. Is that what it sounded like to you?



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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    Willms will eventually be THE OH, maybe not at the beginning of the season - is more athletic than Hockaday. Somewhat worried about a back-up setter if something happens to Landwehr. Will the freshman DS from Ankeny also do some setting?



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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    Does Okie State not play volleyball?



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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by TCG View Post
    Did you hear what she said about Hannah Willms. Christy said she improved her whole game, but it sounded like she wasn't going to play that much. Is that what it sounded like to you?
    It sounded like she might not play much as she is still "learning" the game, but she also said she has an incredible upside.

    My guess is her position might very depending on match ups.



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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by BirdDog View Post
    Willms will eventually be THE OH, maybe not at the beginning of the season - is more athletic than Hockaday. Somewhat worried about a back-up setter if something happens to Landwehr. Will the freshman DS from Ankeny also do some setting?

    On the facebook photos of the first practice, Taylor Goetz from Ankeny was setting with Landwehr. My guess is Taylor wont set if she doesn't have to, kinda like Pratt from last year. Christy will probably wait for next year for more setting options, because we have two good setters coming in.



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    Re: ISU picked to finish 2nd in Preseason Big 12 VB Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by jj-cyclones View Post
    Does Okie State not play volleyball?
    Nope. That seems odd since I'm guessing VB is the 2nd most popular college women's sport after basketball.



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