(Kansas City, Mo.) – Kansas City volleyball sophomore middle hitter Emma Hagedorn was named to the Preseason All-WAC Team, while the ‘Roos were picked to finish sixth in the nine team conference.
Last season, the Parkville, Mo., native was named to The Summit League All-Freshman Team, while also earning a spot on the Honorable Mention All-League squad. On Oct. 22, meanwhile, Hagedorn was named The Summit League Defensive Player of the Week. On the year, she started 27 matches, registering 235 kills with a .142 hitting percentage, 29 digs and a team-high 94 blocks.
Idaho junior middle blocker Alyssa Schultz was the pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year. The Vandals placed the most players on the preseason All-WAC team with three, while Bakersfield, New Mexico State and Utah Valley had two apiece. Joining Shultz on the preseason team are teammates Katelyn Peterson and Taylor Wilkinson, Bakersfield’s Debora Araujo and Fernanda Gonçalves, New Mexico State’s Lauren Loerch and Desiree Scott, Utah Valley’s Brookelyn Hall and Lauren Stringham, Mackenzie Phelps of Grand Canyon, and Martina Samadan of Seattle U.
The ‘Roos return five starters and their libero from last season’s squad that finished 17-13 overall and 9-7 in league play, while advancing to the Summit League Championship in head coach Christi Posey’s second year at the helm.
New Mexico State received seven of the first-place votes with Idaho earning the other two. The Aggies earned 62 total points, followed by Idaho with 58. Utah Valley was picked to finish third with 44 points, followed by Seattle U in fourth with 39 points, just ahead of Bakersfield in fifth with 38 and Kansas City in sixth with 35 points. Texas-Pan American, Grand Canyon and Chicago State rounded out the poll with 21, 17 and 10 points, respectively.
The 2013 WAC Volleyball Tournament, hosted by Grand Canyon, will be held Nov. 25-27, at GCU Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., and will include the top six eligible teams in the regular-season standings.
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2013 Preseason All-WAC Team
Player Yr. Pos. School
Debora Araujo Sr. OH Bakersfield
Fernanda Gonçalves Sr. S Bakersfield
Emma Hagedorn So. MH Kansas City
Brookelyn Hall Sr. S Utah Valley
Lauren Loerch Sr. OH New Mexico State
Katelyn Peterson So. OH Idaho
Mackenzie Phelps Jr. L Grand Canyon
Martina Samadan So. MB Seattle U
Alyssa Schultz Jr. MB Idaho
Desiree Scott Sr. MH New Mexico State
Lauren Stringham So. MB Utah Valley
Taylor Wilkinson Sr. MB Idaho
Preseason Player of the Year: Alyssa Schultz, Idaho
2013 WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rank Team (first-place votes) Points
1. New Mexico State (7) 62
2. Idaho (2) 58
3. Utah Valley 44
4. Seattle U 39
5. Bakersfield 38
6. Kansas City 35
7. Texas-Pan American 21
8. Grand Canyon 17
9. Chicago State 10