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Saints Open Season Ranked at No. 14 in AVCA Division III Coaches Poll

Saints Open Season Ranked at No. 14 in AVCA Division III Coaches Poll

Preseason Poll

ARLINGTON, Va. - On the heels of last season's school record 19 wins and Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) regular season title, the Marymount men's volleyball team was ranked at No. 14 in the Amercian Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Men's Preseason Coaches Poll released Wednesday.

The Saints, who were ranked as high as No. 8 in the poll a year ago, finished last season 19-10 and 13-1 in the CVC. They also totaled 19 wins in 2016 when they were 19-11.

"We're coming off a season in which there were a lot of highs and new experiences for this program," said first-year Head Coach Dan Liberto. "We competed with some of the best in the nation last year and were fortunate to come out on top of a few of those contests."
 
This season, Marymount is scheduled to play 10 matches against eight teams who were ranked or receiving votes in the AVCA preseason poll, including five in the top-10. Six of those matches will come against CVC rivals, No. 6 Juniata, No. 11 Kean and Eastern Mennonite who is receiving votes.
 
The other ranked team on the Saints' schedule this season are No. 2 Stevens, No. 3 SUNY New Paltz, No. 8 UC Santa Cruz and No. 9 Carthage. Marymount will also face Lasell who is currently receiving votes.
 
"This season will again feature very tough competition in and out of conference and will test us in many ways," added Liberto. "Our guys are really eager to get going and put the uniforms on."
 
The 14th-ranked Saints open the season at home on Saturday, January 6 against Division II Limestone at 7:30 p.m. The match will follow the women's and men's basketball doubleheader versus Christopher Newport at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively. Live stats and video off all three contests will be available on MarymoutSaints.com.