Aggie Volleyball Picked To Win WAC; Hays Selected As Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have selected New Mexico State to win the WAC regular-season crown in 2012. The coaches also voted on the preseason award winners and Aggie sophomore outside hitter Meredith Hays was the pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

New Mexico State received eight of the first-place votes with Idaho earning the other two. The Aggies earned 79 total points, followed by Idaho with 67. UTSA was picked to finish third with 58 points, followed closely by Utah State in fourth with 57 points and Texas State in fifth with 52. Denver was picked sixth with 43 points, while San Jose State was selected seventh with 34 points. UT Arlington, Seattle U and Louisiana Tech rounded out the poll with 27, 18 and 15 points, respectively.

New Mexico State placed the most players on the preseason all-WAC team with three, while Idaho, UTSA and Utah State had two apiece. Joining Hays on the preseason team are teammates Lauren Loerch and Desiree Scott, Idaho’s Alex Sele and Allison Walker, UTSA’s McKenzie Adams and Whitney Walls, Utah State’s Shay Sorensen and Joselyn White, Denver’s Faimie Kingsley, San Jose State’s Alex Akana and Texas State’s Amari Deardorff.

The 2012 season begins the weekend of Aug. 24 with all 10 teams in action. The 2012 WAC Volleyball Tournament, hosted by UTSA, will be held Nov. 19-21, at the Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas, and will include the top eight teams in the regular-season standings. The championship match will be televised live on ESPNU.

New Mexico State received eight of the first-place votes with Idaho earning the other two. The Aggies earned 79 total points, followed by Idaho with 67. UTSA was picked to finish third with 58 points, followed closely by Utah State in fourth with 57 points and Texas State in fifth with 52. Denver was picked sixth with 43 points, while San Jose State was selected seventh with 34 points. UT Arlington, Seattle U and Louisiana Tech rounded out the poll with 27, 18 and 15 points, respectively.

New Mexico State placed the most players on the preseason all-WAC team with three, while Idaho, UTSA and Utah State had two apiece. Joining Hays on the preseason team are teammates Lauren Loerch and Desiree Scott, Idaho’s Alex Sele and Allison Walker, UTSA’s McKenzie Adams and Whitney Walls, Utah State’s Shay Sorensen and Joselyn White, Denver’s Faimie Kingsley, San Jose State’s Alex Akana and Texas State’s Amari Deardorff.

The 2012 season begins the weekend of Aug. 24 with all 10 teams in action. The 2012 WAC Volleyball Tournament, hosted by UTSA, will be held Nov. 19-21, at the Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas, and will include the top eight teams in the regular-season standings. The championship match will be televised live on ESPNU.

2012 WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Rank Team                               Points
1 New Mexico State (8) 79
2 Idaho (2) 67
3 UTSA 58
4 Utah State 57
5 Texas State 52
6 Denver 43
7 San Jose State  34
8 UT Arlington 27
9 Seattle U 18
10 Louisiana Tech 15

2012 Preseason All-WAC Team

Player Yr. Pos. School
McKenzie Adams Jr. OH/MB UTSA
Alex Akana Sr. MB San Jose State
Amari Deardorff Jr. RS Texas State
Meredith Hays So. OH NM State
Faimie Kingsley Sr. MB Denver
Lauren Loerch Jr. OH NM State
Desiree Scott Jr. MH NM State
Alex Sele Sr. MB Idaho
Shay Sorensen Sr. OPP Utah State
Allison Walker Jr. OH Idaho
Whitney Walls Sr. RS UTSA
Joselyn White Sr. OH Utah State

Preseason Player of the Year
Meredith Hays, So., New Mexico State