Loyola Picked to Finish 6th in MAAC Pre-Season Poll

Aug. 19, 2003

Baltimore, MD - Loyola's volleyball team is picked to finish sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in 2003, according to a MAAC coaches' poll released by the conference offices Monday.

The Greyhounds received 51 points, as they were bested by Manhattan and Fairfield, which both accumulated 82, Iona, which tallied 75, Saint Peter's grabbed 69 and Canisius recorded 60 points. Marist (40), Siena (40), Niagara (35), and Rider (16) all finished behind Loyola in the poll.

Manhattan senior Goedele Van Cauteren, last year's MAAC Player of the Year, was selected as the 2003 pre-season MAAC Player of the Year.

Loyola, which lost three seniors from the 2002 squad that went 18-16 overall and finished third in the MAAC, returns two seniors, two juniors, five sophomores, and two freshmen.

The Greyhounds will have to try to find a way to replace the offensive output of first-team All-MAAC selection Mary Hamsher, who graduated in 2002 after amassing over 1,000 kills in her career. Third-year head coach Jen Briggs is confident Loyola will be able to make up for the loss of Hamsher with superb senior leadership coming from libero Megan Maguire and Katie Pruitt as well as the team's great depth.

Loyola opens its schedule Friday, August 29th at the Duquesne/Robert Morris Tournament.