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Reigning Atlantic East champion Saints come in at No. 2 in Atlantic East Preseason Poll

Reigning Atlantic East champion Saints come in at No. 2 in Atlantic East Preseason Poll

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Atlantic East Conference announced the women's volleyball 2019 Coaches' Preseason Poll on Thursday, and the Marymount University women's volleyball team was voted No. 2.

The Saints are coming off of the program's first-ever conference title, taking the inaugural Atlantic East championship in 2018 but were edged out by Cabrini University by one point in the poll. Marymount earned 33 points, while taking three first-place votes.

Cabrini led the poll at No. 1 with 34 points and four first-place votes.

The Saints enter 2019 looking to defend their Atlantic East title with a strong group of returners from the championship squad.

Junior Maggie Viniard leads the returners, following a 2018 that saw her be named an American Volleyball Coaches' Association Division III All-American honorable mention. She led the Atlantic East last season with 1066 assists and 10.45 assists per set, which was good for 22nd in the country.

Junior Myah Cordrey and senior Theresa Buscemi joined Viniard on the All-Atlantic East teams, last season. Cordrey, a first-team honoree, brings back strong offense after being fourth on the team with 209 kills, last season. She also led the team with 64 total blocks.

Buscemi was named to the all-conference second team, as the Saints' defensive leader with 362 digs. She ranked second on the team with 40 service aces.

The Saints also return junior Mykael Johnson, who was second on the team with 292 kills, while classmate Jasmine Roy will help anchor the defense with 251 digs a year ago, good for fourth on the team.

Marymount opens its season on Friday, August 30 against No. 4 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at the Christopher Newport University Captains Classic. The team will make its 2019 home debut on Friday, September 13 against Franklin & Marshall College.

Conference play for the Saints will begin on Tuesday, October 1 at Immaculata University, before taking on Neumann University at the Converse Family Fieldhouse on Wednesday, October 16 for the conference home opener.

To view the full Atlantic East poll, click here.