Tuesday, 07 August 2012 14:17
Gulf South Conference volleyball coaches expect the University of West Florida to win its fifth straight conference title, the league announced last week.
The Argonauts received five of seven first place votes and one second place nod for 35 points in the coaches’ preseason poll. North Alabama received the two other first-place votes and was picked to finish second (32 points), followed by Christian Brothers (26), Valdosta State (18), West Alabama (16), Alabama-Huntsville (11) and West Georgia (nine).
"The GSC is a great conference," said reigning GSC Coach of the Year Melissa Wolter, who is entering her seventh season leading the West Florida volleyball squad. "We have great matches all throughout the season and we have to prepare for every single team we play since everybody is constantly going out and recruiting great players."
Lindsay Homme, a junior from Willowbrook, Ill., earned GSC Player of the Year honors last year and is one of four Argonauts receiving preseason recognition. Homme led the seven-team league in hitting percentage (.324) in 2011 and was second in kills per set with 3.62. Unsurprisingly, her termination tally of 387 led the Argonauts while she also accumulated 25 service aces, 91 digs and 90 blocks. She and sophomore outside hitter Autumn Duyn of Venice, Fla., an outside hitter, were picked for the 2012 Preseason All-GSC Team. Duyn was second to Homme with 346 kills and also finished second in digs for the Argos with 304.
Coaches picked Sarah Scott, from Plainfield, Ill., via the University of Texas-San Antonio, and Andraia Leja of Crystal Lake, Ill., and Harper College in Palatine, Ill., transfers to UWF, among their newcomers to watch.
The Argos start their 12th season of intercollegiate volleyball against Lock Haven, Pa., University at 2 p.m. Aug. 31.