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Colette Romp
Colette Romp led the Bears with 15 kills.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Picked Fourth In Preseason Conference Poll

After capturing the SAC Tournament Championship and advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2021, the Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team was predicted to finish fourth in the SAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

The Bears finished behind Wingate, Tusculum and Anderson in the poll and also finished fourth in the regular season in 2021. LR’s league mark of 14-4 last year was just one game back of first place but there was a three-way tie for first place.

LR will look to replace a pair of All-Americans in Taylor Prall and Rachel Bewick from last year’s squad. Leading the way in 2022 will be Preseason All-Conference selections Colette Romp and Emma Clark. Romp was tabbed a Second Teamer in the preseason voting and finished second on the team with 287 kills. Romp had a season-high 21 kills in the SAC Tournament Championship win over Anderson and earned a spot on the All-SAC Tournament Team.

Clark led the league with 1.22 blocks per set and finished fourth in the conference with a .307 hitting percentage which stands as the ninth-best single-season mark in team history. Clark’s 134 total blocks were the seventh-most in a single season and her eight blocks in the second round of the NCAA Tournament are the most by an LR player in an NCAA Tournament game. Clark would go on to be named to the NCAA Southeast Region All-Tournament Team and was a Third Team Preseason All-Conference selection.

The Bears open the season on Saturday, August 27th on the road at Barton.


2022 SAC Volleyball Preseason Poll

Rank School (First Place Votes) Score

1. Wingate (6) 136

2. Tusculum (3) 127

3. Anderson (2) 125

4. Lenoir-Rhyne (2) 111

5. Carson-Newman 106

6. Mars Hill 81

7. Newberry 70

8. Limestone 69

9. Catawba 68

10. Lincoln Memorial 48

11. Coker 35

12. UVA Wise 21

13. Emory & Henry 17


2022 SAC Volleyball PRESEASON All-Conference

First Team

Emiah Burrowes, Tusculum

Shannon Kasprak, Wingate

Julia Wheeler, Carson-Newman

Sarah Goddard, Mars Hill

Madison Roy, Anderson

Noelle Knutsen, Anderson

Carly Sosnowski, Tusculum (L)

Second Team

Jana Cuk, Mars Hill

Maggie Young, Wingate

Carli Pigza, Tusculum

Jaelyn Grimm, Anderson

Elise Carmichael, Tusculum

Colette Romp, Lenoir-Rhyne

Third Team

Molly Lambillotte, Wingate

Sadie Kluner, Anderson

Carley Williams, Emory & Henry

Emma Clark, Lenoir-Rhyne

Abbey Hildenbrand, Carson-Newman

Jordan Schmucker, Mars Hill