Photo by Robert Cifone
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio --- Carlow University volleyball looks to fill
key positions this season, as the team earned 23 votes in the 2019
River States Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll the league
announced on Aug. 9.
The Celtics went 8-20 overall, 3-13 RSC last season and lost
several players in the lineup, including USCAA All-American Second
Team honoree Michaela Koran, who led the league in aces (40) last
Head coach Julie Gaul is back for her
19th season leading the team and returns several
starters, including outside hitter Haley Chiusano (SO/Pittsburgh,
Pa.), and middle hitters Cache Street (JR/Wilmerding, Pa.) and
Kacie Lach (SR/Moon Twp., Pa.). Gaul brought in five true freshmen
who will make an immediate impact on the court this season.
Indiana University Kokomo, which won three of the last four RSC
Championships, received 107 votes in the polling and eight of the
possible 11 first-place votes. The Cougars won the 2018 RSC
Volleyball Championship and RSC West Division with a record of 34-5
overall, 16-0 RSC. IU Kokomo has won 37 straight RSC regular-season
matches dating back to 2016 with back-to-back undefeated conference
regular seasons to date. The Cougars have been to the NAIA National
Championship four straight years.
Indiana University East was picked second in the preseason poll
with 101 votes and the remaining three first-place votes. The Red
Wolves are predicted to be the top team from the RSC East Division
as the top vote-getter from that side of the conference. IU East
was 23-9 overall, 12-4 RSC last year to win the division and take a
No. 1 playoff seed.
Carlow volleyball kicks off the 2019 season on the road at the
Penn State Beaver USCAA Tip-Off Tournament Aug. 30 and 31.
The Celtics' home opener is set for Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. against
USCAA opponent Kent State Tuscarawas. View the complete schedule online here.
The team plays at the newly renovated St. Joseph Athletic and
Fitness Center on Carlow University's campus.
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