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Thursday August 8, 2013Florida Volleyball Picked to Win 2013 Southeastern Conference Title

Gainesville, Fla.

The Southeastern Conference’s 13 coaches have selected the Florida Gators to win the 2013 SEC volleyball title in a preseason vote announced Thursday. Coming off a 19-1 SEC season and 27-5 overall mark, Florida received 12 of 13 first-place votes for this year’s prediction. The Kentucky Wildcats received a first-place vote after finishing 22-11 overall and 14-6 in SEC play last year.

 

Florida is coming off its 20th Southeastern Conference title and 22nd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, falling in the Sweet 16 to eventual NCAA Champion Texas. The Gators are the winningest program in the NCAA since 13-time SEC Coach of the Year Mary Wise’s arrival in 1991 and return five starters from a year ago, including SEC Player of the Year and AVCA First Team All-American Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) and AVCA National Freshman of the Year Živa Recek (Kočevje, Slovenia).

 

Points were compiled on a 1-2-3-4-5-6 basis for the Eastern Division and 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 for the Western Division. Each coach is not allowed to vote for his or her own team and each coach also voted for one team as an overall conference champion.

 

The 2013 Preseason All-SEC team will be announced on Friday, Aug. 9 while the 2013 season kicks off on Friday, Aug. 30. Conference play begins Friday, Sept. 27.

 

The Gators start the season with their annual Campus USA Credit Union Invitational. Florida hosts New Orleans, LIU-Brooklyn and Duke in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Friday-Saturday, Aug. 30-31.

 

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Preseason Coaches Poll

(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)

SEC Champion: Florida (12), Kentucky (1)

Eastern Division

 

Western Division

Team

Points

 

Team

Points

1. FLORIDA (12)

12

 

1. LSU

21

2. Kentucky (1)

25

 

1. Texas A&M

21

3. Missouri

35

 

3. Arkansas

36

4. Georgia

44

 

4. Auburn

45

5. Tennessee

56

 

5. Alabama

56

6. South Carolina

65

 

6. Ole Miss

58                          

7. Mississippi State

78

 

 

 

 

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