Penn State Selected Preseason Favorite by Big Ten Coaches
August 17, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Park Ridge, Ill. - Defending Big Ten Champion Penn State was chosen as the
conference favorite for the 2013 season as voted on by the Big Ten coaches, it was
announced on Friday. Earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA
Championship last season, the Nittany Lions top the poll for the eighth time in the
last nine seasons.
Minnesota, who finished tied for second in the Big Ten in 2012, was voted to finish
second this season. Michigan, who advanced to the NCAA semifinals last season, was
selected to finish third this year, while Nebraska, which also finished the 2012
conference season tied for second, was tabbed fourth in the voting. Michigan State
and Illinois round out the poll at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.
Additionally, conference coaches selected a Preseason All-Big Ten Team, which
features three unanimous selections and seven returning members. Michigan State's
Lauren Wicinski, Minnesota's Tori Dixon and Penn State's Ariel Scott were unanimous
selections. Dixon was honored for the third consecutive season, while Scott earned
preseason recognition for the second year in a row. Minnesota's Ashley Wittman,
Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus and Penn State's Deja McClendon and Katie Slay are
also three-time preseason All-Big Ten honorees, while Illinois' Liz McMahon appears
on the list for the second consecutive year.
The preseason poll and All-Big Ten Team is below.
2013 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
2013 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Willow Springs, Ill.
Liz McMahon (2)
Liberty Township, Ohio
West Chester, Ohio
TORI DIXON (3)
Ashley Wittman (3)
Stephanie Holthus (3)
Deja McClendon (3)
ARIEL SCOTT (2)
Katie Slay (3)
UNANIMOUS SELECTION IN CAPS
(2) Two-time selection
(3) Three-time selection