Aug. 6, 2004
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2004 Seminole volleyball team was picked to finish fifth as determined by a vote of the league’s 11 head coaches. Georgia Tech was selected the ACC volleyball preseason top pick after receiving 116 votes. The Seminoles, who posted a 16-17 record in 2003, have added a lot of talent during the off-season and will look to make a run in the ACC during 2004. Maryland who won the ACC Championship last year was picked second in the preseason poll.
“This year we have the opportunity to be very good,” said head coach Todd Kress. “There are a number of things that have to fall into place for that to happen. We have to have the leadership rise to the top and have those people set the expectations and uphold the standards. The thing with our sophomores who played in 90-100% of our matches last year is it’s not going to be anything new for them this year. The one benefit we are going to get out of last year is all of those young kids getting all of that experience. With any year, you need a little luck and you have to stay healthy. If we can stay healthy and some things fall into place for us I think we are going to be very exciting to watch.”
North Carolina is predicted to finish in third place with 93 points, while Wake Forest is fourth with 78 points. Clemson and Florida State tied for fifth place with 68 points apiece. Rounding out spots seven through 11 are Miami (58), Virginia (49), Duke (48), Virginia Tech (21) and NC State (15).
2004 ACC Volleyball Preseason Poll 1. Georgia Tech (116) 2. Maryland (112) 3. North Carolina (93) 4. Wake Forest (78) 5. Clemson (68) Florida State (68) 7. Miami (58) 8. Virginia (49) 9. Duke (48) 10. Virginia Tech (21) 11. NC State (15)
2004 ACC Volleyball Preseason All-ACC Team Lori Ashton Clemson Marisa Aston Georgia Tech Leslie Finn Clemson Alexis Geocaris Virginia Aimee Huddleston Maryland Stephanie Istvan Duke Cassie McLaughlin Florida State Lynnette Moster Georgia Tech Molly Pyles North Carolina Tassy Rufai Duke Valerie Rydberg Wake Forest Lauren Sauer Georgia Tech Valeria Tipiana Miami Rachel Wagener Maryland