NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman University Lady Lions were tabbed
as pre-season favorites in a poll of the TranSouth volleyball coaches.
They were followed by the RedHawks of Martin Methodist College, the
defending TranSouth Champions Union University, the Lyon College
Pipers, the Cumberland University Lady Bulldogs, and the Trevecca
After a program best 31-5 (8-2 TSAC) record in 2004 which included
their first ever trip to the Region XI tournament, the Lady Lions
return five of their six starters from that team for the 2005 campaign.
Their only loss is Cheri Kull, who was one of the top setters in the
nation. Freshman Martha Ray of Mt. Dora, Florida will step in and fill
The RedHawks come off an outstanding season in which they posted a
31-18 record, including a 6-4 mark in the TranSouth, and they are
looking to improve that mark and challenge for the conference title in
Union University return just two players from last year’s TranSouth
regular season and tournament championship team. Union also won the
NAIA Region XI title and advanced to their first-ever National
tournament appearance. The Bulldogs posted a final ranking of No.
14 in the nation. The Lady Bulldogs will also be breaking in a new
coach this year as Union grad Steven Gream takes the helm, becoming
only the second coach in program history.
The Lyon College Pipers look to build off a fourth place finish in the
TranSouth, but are expected to post a similar finish in 2005. Despite
losing three-time first team all-TranSouth performer Ceca Brckalo, the
Pipers return Susie Harper, Daria Paunovic, and Alyson Boone, while
addind Lee Davis, Jessica Sylvester, and Ashley Edinbyrd.
The Cumberland Lady Bulldogs are coming off a tie for fifth place in
the TranSouth in 2004, They return two all-conference performers in
Debbie Perry (1st team) and Rachel Vanderburg, and they add junior
transfer Angela Medvid, who led Pasco Hernando CC to the NJCAA
Division-1 Volleyball tournament.
The Trevecca Trojans round out the preseason poll, as they are coming
off a rebuilding year in which they tied with Cumberland for fifth in
the TranSouth. They lost only one senior from that team, 1st team
all-conference performer Jodi Reimer, but they add two key newcomers in
setter Kelly Huff and Taina Ovchinnikov – an all-region transfer from
National American University.