ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Bryan is the unanimous favorite to win the 2013 Appalachian Athletic Conference volleyball championship, according to the AAC Coaches' Poll.
The Lady Lions won both the 2012 regular-season and tournament championships, going 32-10 overall and 16-2 in league play. Bryan received all 11 first-place votes for a point total of 121.
Bryan Coach David Shumaker stated, "While it is humbling to receive this attention, we don't focus on things like this. We are more interested in coming into the gym every day and getting a little bit better. When we do this, our standing in the conference will take care of itself. "
Milligan (19-15 overall, 13-5 AAC) is picked to finish second with 101 points, while Montreat (24-14 overall, 13-5 AAC) is third at 97 points. The Lady Cavaliers advanced to the AAC Tournament championship match the past two seasons, winning the 2011 tournament title.
In fourth place is Columbia (20-12 overall, 10-8 AAC) with 78 points, while Union (17-17 overall, 13-5 AAC) is fifth with 75 points. Virginia Intermont (23-11 overall, 13-5 AAC) is close behind in sixth with 71 points, Reinhardt (15-23 overall, 4-14 AAC) is seventh at 61 points, and Tennessee Wesleyan (9-17 overall, 4-14 AAC) is eighth at 44 points.
Rounding out the poll are St. Andrews (8-26 overall, 3-15 AAC) in ninth with 39 points, Point (6-23 overall, 1-17 AAC) in 10th with 24 points and AAC newcomer Truett-McConnell (2-20 overall, 0-14 in the Southern States Athletic Conference) is 11th with 15 points.
The 2013 AAC Tournament is set for Nov. 14-15 at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn. Only the top eight seeds will advance to the tournament for a single-elimination tournament.
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