After winning their third Ohio Valley Conference tournament in five years in 2018, the Murray State Volleyball team are OVC favorites once again as they have been picked first in the 2019 preseason poll.
The Racers received a total of 228 points, 16 clear of Austin Peay. MSU also half the first-place votes with 12 followed by Austin Peay with six, Morehead State with five, and Jacksonville State with one.
Senior Rachel Giustino and junior Becca Fernandez were also named to the Preseason All-OVC team. Both were named first-team All-OVC in 2018 with Fernandez being named OVC Co-Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 581 digs and ranking third with 5.01 digs per set while Giustino led the league with 470 kills and 4.05 kills per set last season.
The Racers will begin the 2019 campaign on August 30 when they take on Valparaiso at the IUPUI Invitational. They will begin OVC play at Eastern Illinois on September 27 before playing their home opener, October 4 against UT Martin.
2019 OVC Volleyball Predicted Team Order of Finish
1. Murray State (12) 228
2. Austin Peay (6) 212
3. Morehead State (5) 207
4. Jacksonville State (1) 197
5. SIUE 149
6. Southeast Missouri 146
7. UT Martin 117
8. Tennessee State 85
9. Tennessee Tech 83
10. Belmont 66
11. Eastern Illinois 64
12. Eastern Kentucky 30
2019 Preseason All-OVC Volleyball Team
Ginny Busse (Gerig), Austin Peay
Chandler Clark, Morehead State
Hope Everett, SIUE
Becca Fernandez, Murray State
Kaylee Frear, Jacksonville State
Rachel Giustino, Murray State
Lexie Libbs, Jacksonville State
Olivia Lohmeier, Morehead State
Rachel McDonald, SIUE
Brooke Moore, Austin Peay
Hannah Phillips, UT Martin
Julia Pierson, Tennessee State
Lauren Rokey, Morehead State
Rachel Thomas, Tennessee Tech
Anne Wehrheim, Southeast Missouri