Three Wildcats Receive Preseason Nods
The last time the Wildcats received a first-place vote in the preseason poll was 2004 following the teams’ first conference championship. The Cats were picked to finish second by the coaches in that poll.
The coaches also voted on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team as well as preseason honors for player, newcomer and freshman of the year. In the poll, awards and all-conference team coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team or players.
Three Wildcats were chosen by the coaches for the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. All three, Megan Farr, Nataly Korobkova and Rita Liliom enter their senior seasons for K-State.
Farr earned an All-Big 12 nod last season receiving honorable mention after having a career-high 286 kills and 165 total blocks. She led the team and finished fourth in the conference in hitting percentage swinging at a .390 clip. Her hitting percentage as a junior ranked third all-time at K-State and was 17th in the nation last season. Farr had a hitting percentage of .300 or higher in 20 of K-State’s 32 matches and posted 13 double-digit kill matches. She had a career-high 20 kills in a five-set home loss to
Korobkova came onto the Big 12 scene last year as a transfer student-athlete from
Liliom returned in 2007 after missing the entire ’06 campaign with an injury. She stormed back with 438 kills just missing the school’s top 10 single-season list. Liliom pounded out a career-high 27 kills in a five-set loss to
PRESEASON COACHES POLL
Rank Team (First-place Votes) Points
8. Baylor 37
Ten points were awarded for first-place votes, nine for second, etc.
Preseason Co-Players of the Year: Jordan Larson,
Juliann Faucette, Texas, OH, So., 6-2,
Preseason Newcomer of the Year: Sydney Anderson,
Preseason Freshman of the Year: Rachael Adams,
PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 TEAM
Name, School Pos. Cl. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
Taylor Barnes, Baylor S Jr. 5-11
Fourteen players are named to the preseason all-conference team -- a tie occurred in voting to result in 17 members.