Blue Devils Picked First in ACC Volleyball Coaches' Poll

Aug. 23, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke, the defending ACC regular season champion from 2010, was predicted by the league’s head coaches to win the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference championship.

The Blue Devils picked up 117 out of a possible 121 points including nine first-place votes from the coaches. First-place votes were awarded 11 points, second-place received 10 points, etc. Coaches were not allowed to include their own team in their predicted order of finish.

Florida State picked up 110 points and the remaining three first-place votes. North Carolina (98) and Miami (96) rounded out the top four teams.

Georgia Tech (73) and Virginia Tech (72) came in at a close fifth and sixth respectively. Clemson (64), Maryland (47), Virginia (45), Wake Forest (36), NC State (22), and Boston College (12) completed the 2011 Predicted Order of Finish.

A total of 10 teams are represented on the 2011 Preseason All-ACC Team. Duke led all conference teams with four selections, followed by Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Miami all with two representatives. Clemson, Maryland, Virginia, and Wake Forest completed the squad with one player apiece.

The team is headlined by Miami’s Lane Carico and Duke’s Kellie Catanach who were both named by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as Third-Team All-Americans last season. Seven others garnered Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2010: Sandra Adeleye (Clemson), Amanda Robertson (Duke), Visnja Djurdjevic (Florida State), Monique Mead (Georgia Tech), Katie Gallagher (Miami), Kaylie Gibson (North Carolina), and Cara Baarendse (Virginia Tech).

Duke returns four starters from a team that went 16-4 in ACC play and 27-7 overall, winning the ACC regular season title for the ninth time in the program’s history. Florida State, under the guidance of head coach Chris Poole, has reached the second round of the tournament two straight years. Poole is tied with North Carolina’s Joe Sagula with 624 career victories, ranking him 12th among active Division 1 coaches.

The season gets underway Friday, Aug. 26 with 11 of the conference teams in action. The 2011 ACC volleyball championship will be determined by the final regular season standings with the ACC champion receiving an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Volleyball Championship.

2011 Predicted Order of Finish (as selected by the league’s coaches)

Rank School (First Place Votes) Points 2010 Record
1 Duke (9) 117 27-7(16-4)
2 Florida State(3) 110 22-11(12-8)
3 North Carolina 98 25-10(15-5)
4 Miami 96 23-9(13-7)
5 Georgia Tech 73 18-14(11-9)
6 Virgina Tech 72 20-12(10-10)
7 Clemson 64 18-13(9-11)
8 Maryland 47 19-13 (10-10)
9 Virginia 45 14-16 (8-12)
10 Wake Forest 36 19-12 (11-9)
11 NC State 22 14-18 (4-16)
12 Boston College 12 9-24 (1-19)

2011 Preseason All-ACC Team (as selected by the league’s coaches)

Name School Year Position
Kellie Catanach Duke Senior S
Sophia Dunworth Duke Senior MB/OH
Amanda Robertson Duke Senior MB
Sanda Adeleye Clemson Junior MH
Visnja Djurdjevic Florida State Senior OH
Rachel Morgan Florida State Senior OH
Bailey Hunter Georgia Tech Senior OH
Monique Mead Georgia Tech junior RH
Lane Carico Miami Senior OH
Katie Gallagher Miami RS Senior S
Remy McBain Maryland Junior S
Emily McGee North Carolina Junior OH
Simone Asque Virginia Senior OH
Cara Baarendse Virginia Tech Junior MB
Justine Record Virginia Tech Senior OH
Andrea Beck Wake Forest Junior MB/RS
Defensive Specialists    
Ali McCurdy Duke Sophomore DS/L
Kaylie Gibson North Carolina Senior L