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Marist Selected First in Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Courtesy: MAAC Sports  
Release: 08/07/2014

Edison, N.J. –Marist College, has been selected as the 2014 preseason volleyball favorites, as voted by the league’s ten head coaches. Red Fox, Mackenzie Stephens was named Preseason Player of the year. 

Marist earned five first place votes for 89 points, edging out second place Fairfield University by only two points. The Red Foxes finished 2013 as Co-Regular Season Champions with an overall record of 21-9 and a league mark of 14-4. Marist led the conference in assists (858), assists per set (12.81), kills per set (13.58), and service aces (124) during the 2013 campaign en route to a spot in the title match at the 2013 MAAC Volleyball Championship. The Red Foxes also claimed three of the five regular season major awards in 2013, led by head coach Tom Hanna being named the 2013 Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year, Stephens named MAAC Player of the year, and Brooke Zywick earning Libero of the Year.  

The league’s head coaches named Stephens as the 2014 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year. During her junior campaign in 2013, she ranked second in the MAAC with a .339 hitting percentage, third in the league in kills per set averaging 3.39, and third in points with a 3.91 average. Stephens was also named to the All-MAAC First Team, MAAC All-Tournament Team, and MAAC All-Academic Team in 2013. 

The two-time defending MAAC Champion, Fairfield University, was a close second in the poll receiving two first place votes for 87 points. The Stags finished the 2013 campaign with a 19-13 overall record and 14-4 MAAC record to earn a share of the regular season title. Fairfield earned the top seed in the championship and knocked off No. 2 Marist in the title match 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, and 25-15) to repeat as MAAC Champions. The Stags return all but two members from the 2013 squad, including All-MAAC First Team selection Marilyn Peizer.

Iona College finished third in the poll receiving 74 points, followed by Siena College receiving 70 points, and Manhattan College earning 68 points to round out the top five. Canisius College tallied 57 votes, while Rider University received 39 points and Quinnipiac University picked up 31 votes for eighth. Niagara University earned 25 points, for ninth and Saint Peter’s rounded out the poll receiving 10 points. 

Earning spots on the preseason All-MAAC team are Stephens, who was a unanimous choice and Siena’s Jacqueline Skeen at the middle. At outside hitter are Fairfield’s Peizer, as well as unanimous selection Iona’s Catrina Warren, and Courtney Shaw of Marist. Iona’s Natalie Ziskin is at the setter position, while Brooke Zywick earned the Libero position.  

Preseason Coaches' Poll

1.

Marist

89

2.

Fairfield

87

3.

Iona

74

4.

Siena

70

5.

Manhattan

68

6.

Canisius

57

7.

Rider

39

8.

Quinnipiac

31

9.

Niagara

25

10.

Saint Peter’s

10

Preseason All-MAAC Team

Mackenzie Stephens*

Middle Hitter

Marist

Jacqueline Skeen

Middle Hitter

Siena

Marilyn Peizer

Outside Hitter

Fairfield

Catrina Warren*

Outside Hitter

Iona

Courtney Shaw

Outside Hitter

Marist

Natalie Ziskin

Setter

Iona

Brooke Zywick

Libero

Marist

*Unanimous selection to Preseason All-MAAC Team

Preseason Player of the Year

Mackenzie Stephens

Marist


MAAC Volleyball


Volleyball
Team MAAC Pct. Overall Pct.
Marist 10-1 .909 18-3 .857
Siena 8-2 .800 10-12 .455
Manhattan 7-3 .700 14-8 .636
Rider 6-3 .667 12-10 .545
Fairfield 6-4 .600 10-10 .500
Niagara 5-5 .500 9-12 .429
Canisius 5-5 .500 5-14 .263
Iona 2-8 .200 5-17 .227
Saint Peter's 2-9 .182 5-15 .250
Quinnipiac 0-11 .000 2-21 .088
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