Ranger Volleyball Picked to Finish Third in Close RMAC Preseason Poll
August 20, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colo.: The 2014 RMAC race should be a close battle and it showed in the preseason coaches poll released on Monday. Two-time defending champions Colorado Mines lead the way with five first place votes.
Colorado Mesa is picked to finish second with three first place votes. Regis, who finished 18-13 a season ago, also garnered three first place votes and was third by just six points. Regis, Colorado Mesa, Metro State, Colorado Christian and Adams State all finished with identical 13-6 RMAC records in 2013.
Metro State and Colorado Christian are followed by Adams State at 4, 5 and 6. Metro State picked up two first place votes, while Adams State received one.
Senior Maya Kirkeby was honored as the RMAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. The 5-3 defensive specialist from Aiea, Hawaii led the Rangers with 399 digs and a 3.53 dig per set average in 2013. She was named the RMAC Defensive Player of the Week once. Kirkeby had 22 matches with at least 10 digs and had a season best 28 digs in a win over Sonoma State on September 7.
Juniors Katie Klein and Caitie Breaux were each honored on the Preseason All-RMAC Team. Klein was a First Team All-RMAC selection in 2013 and led the Rangers with 418 kills and a 3.67 kill per set average. Breaux was next for RU with 356 kills and a 3.24 average.
The Rangers are coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament second round appearances and return five starters and their libero.