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Joens, Scott Named Preseason All-OVC

Taylor Joens (2) and Jackie Scott (7) look to lead the Cougars to the top of the Ohio Valley Conference.
Taylor Joens (2) and Jackie Scott (7) look to lead the Cougars to the top of the Ohio Valley Conference.

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE volleyball standouts Taylor Joens (Johnston, Iowa) and Jackie Scott (Wildwood, Missouri) have been selected as preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference by a vote of the league's coaches and sports information directors.

SIUE, the runner-up at the 2016 OVC Tournament, was selected to finish third in the 12-team poll. Only Belmont and Austin Peay garnered more votes. SIUE, which set a school record for Division I wins last season with 22, received two first-place votes.

Joens, a first team All-OVC pick last season, led the OVC with a .316 hitting percentage, which is the third best single-season hitting percentage by an individual in the Division I era. The Cougar middle blocker also was tops on the team in kills (331) and kills per set (2.83).

Scott, the lone six-rotation player last season, finished fourth in kills for the Cougars with 1.99 per set. She also was third on the team in digs per set (.276) while recording five double-doubles in kills and digs.

After SIUE, the predicted order of finish in the OVC includes defending league champion Murray State, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Tennessee State, Southeast Missouri, Tennessee Tech, Eastern Illinois and UT Martin.

SIUE's season begins August 25-26 at the Mastodons Invitational in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Cougars play Toledo, Quinnipiac and Wright State in the two-day tournament.

2017 Preseason All-OVC Volleyball Team
(as Selected by OVC Head Volleyball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)

Arianna Person, Belmont
Ashley Slay, Austin Peay
Taylor Joens, SIUE
Nikki Drost, Eastern Kentucky
Kristen Stucker, Austin Peay
Krissa Gearring, Southeast Missouri
Emma Price, Belmont
Jemima Idemudia, UT Martin
Brie Lewis, Belmont
Nzingha Clarke, Southeast Missouri
Mackenzie Rombach, Jacksonville State
Rachel Woody, Eastern Kentucky
Jackie Scott, SIUE
Julia Pierson, Tennessee State 

2017 OVC Volleyball Predicted Team Order of Finish

(as Selected by OVC Head Volleyball Coaches and Sports Information Directors)

School Points

1. Belmont (10 first-place votes) 223
2. Austin Peay (Six first-place votes) 214
3. SIUE (Two first place votes) 199
4. Murray State (Six first-place votes) 188
5. Eastern Kentucky 165
6. Jacksonville State 134
7. Morehead State 117
8. Tennessee State 97
9. Southeast Missouri 70
10. Tennessee Tech 63
11. Eastern Illinois 60
12. UT Martin 54

(*Schools were not allowed to rank their own team. 11 points awarded for a first-place vote, 10 for second, etc.)
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