K-State Picked Sixth in Big 12 Poll
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Big 12 Conference released its preseason all-conference awards and coaches poll on Thursday with Kansas State picked to finish sixth in the league. The Wildcats finished third last season with a 24-8 overall record and 14-6 mark in conference play.
The preseason favorites were the Texas Longhorns receiving eight of 11 first place votes after reaching the NCAA Semifinals for the first time since 1995 last season. Nebraska was picked to finish second receiving the remainder of first place votes and also reaching the NCAA Semifinals. The coaches selected Iowa State to finish third with Texas A&M and Baylor rounding out the top five.
The conference also announced its Preseason All-Big 12 Team along with Player of the Year, Newcomer and Freshman of the Year. Destinee Hooker of Texas was selected as the Player of the Year after receiving AVCA First Team All-America honors last season and being named the 2008-09 Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year for her work on the volleyball team and as a high jumper for track and field.
Missouri's Paola Ampudia was selected as the Newcomer of the Year, and Bailey Webster of Texas received Preseason Freshman of the Year honors.
K-State had one player selected to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team as senior middle blocker Kelsey Chipman received recognition from the conference's coaches. Chipman and the Wildcats open their season at the Runza/AVCA Showcase in Omaha, Neb., on August 28-29 against Minnesota and Michigan at the Qwest Center.
For ticket information to the Showcase contact the K-State Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS, the Qwest Center Box Office or go to ticketmaster.com. Fans can also purchase season tickets to all the exciting K-State home matches at Ahearn Fieldhouse through the ticket office.
2009 BIG 12 PRESEASON VOLLEYBALL POLL & AWARDS
Rank Team (First-place Votes) Points
1. Texas (8) 98
2. Nebraska (3) 93
3. Iowa State 81
4. Texas A&M 68
5. Baylor 63
6. Kansas State 57
7. Oklahoma 46
8. Missouri 38
9. Kansas 30
10. Colorado 20
11. Texas Tech 11
Ten points were awarded for first-place votes, nine for second, etc. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
Preseason Player of the Year: Destinee Hooker, Texas, OH, Sr., 6-4, San Antonio, Texas/Southwest
Preseason Newcomer of the Year: Paola Ampudia, Missouri, OH/RS, Jr., 6-1, Cali, Colombia/Miami Dade College
Preseason Freshman of the Year: Bailey Webster, Texas, OH, 6-3, Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School For Girls
PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 TEAM
Name, School Pos. Cl. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
Taylor Barnes, Baylor S Sr. 5-11 Arlington, Texas/Martin
Victoria Henson, Iowa State^ OH Jr. 5-11 Leavenworth, Kan./Leavenworth
Kaylee Manns, Iowa State S Sr. 5-10 Topeka, Kan./Washburn Rural
Ashley Mass, Iowa State DS/L Jr. 5-8 Muskego, Wis./Muskego
Kelsey Chipman, Kansas State MB Sr. 6-1 Topeka, Kan./Washburn Rural
Sydney Anderson, Nebraska^ S Jr. 6-0 Salt Lake City, Utah/Utah
Kori Cooper, Nebraska^ MB Sr. 6-2 Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo
Tara Mueller, Nebraska OH Jr. 6-0 Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain
Ashley Engle, Texas^ S/RS Sr. 6-3 Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza
Juliann Faucette, Texas^ OH Jr. 6-2 San Diego, Calif./Westview
Mary Batis, Texas A&M OH Sr. 6-0 San Antonio, Texas/Clark
^ - Unanimous Selection
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