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App Volleyball Picked Fourth, Reilly Named Preseason Defensive Player Of The Year
Emma Reilly earned First Team All-Sun Belt honors last season after finishing second in the conference in total digs (550) and digs per set (4.74 d/s)

App Volleyball Picked Fourth, Reilly Named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

App State volleyball libero Emma Reilly was named Sun Belt Volleyball Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in voting done by the league’s 12 head coaches.

Reilly also earned Preseason All-Sun Belt honors along with middle blocker Kara Spicer. It marks the second consecutive season the senior duo have earned Preseason All-Sun Belt accolades.

Reilly enjoyed a strong 2019 campaign, finishing second in the Sun Belt in digs (550) and digs per set (4.74) on her way to First Team All-Sun Belt honors. The Evergreen Park, Ill. native enters the 2020 season with 1,456 career digs, which ranks fifth in program history.

Spicer earned her second straight all-conference accolade last season after recording career highs in kills (349) and hitting percentage (.331). She enters her senior season needing just 35 kills to reach 1,000 for her career.

In addition, the Mountaineers were chosen to finish fourth in the East Division with 41 points. Coastal Carolina was chosen to win the East Division with 69 points and nine first place votes, while Texas State was tabbed to win the West Division with 69 points and 10 first place votes.

Appalachian State volleyball is scheduled to open the season on the road September 25th at Georgia Southern.

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Anett Nemeth, Coastal Carolina (Jr, RS – Percel, Hungary)

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Emma Reilly, App State (Sr, DS – Evergreen Park, Ill.)

Preseason Setter of the Year
Emily DeWalt, Texas State (Jr, S – Helotes, Texas)

2020 Preseason All- Sun Belt Team
Emma Reilly, App State (Sr, DS – Evergreen Park, Ill.)
Kara Spicer, App State (Sr, MB – Peoria, Ariz.)
Timber Terrell, Arkansas State (Jr, RS – Wheeling, Ill)
Anett Nemeth, Coastal Carolina (Jr, RS – Percel, Hungary)
Brigitta Petrenko, Coastal Carolina (So, S – Eger, Hungary)
Hali Wisnoskie, Louisiana (Sr, OH – Columbus, Texas)
Brooke Townsend, UTA (Jr, OH – Bastrop, Texas)
Emily DeWalt, Texas State (Jr, S – Helotes, Texas)
Janell Fitzgerald, Texas State (Jr, OH – Mansfield, Texas)
Tyeranee Scott, Texas State (Sr, MB – Houston, Texas)
Cheyenne Hayes, Troy (Sr, OH – Newnan, Ga.)
Amara Anderson, Troy (Jr, S – Alpharetta, Ga.)

2020 Sun Belt Volleyball Coaches Predicted Order of Finish (First-place votes in parentheses)
East Division
1. Coastal Carolina (9) – 69 pts
2. Troy (3) – 60 pts
3. South Alabama – 42 pts
4. App State – 41 pts
5. Georgia Southern – 21 pts
6. Georgia State – 19 pts

West Division
1. Texas State (10) – 69 pts
2. UTA – 53 pts
3. Louisiana (2) – 50 pts
4. Arkansas State – 41 pts
5. Little Rock – 21 pts
6. ULM – 18 pts