Golden Bears open 2018 season at Kean University Invitational this weekend
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (August 28, 2018) – With the 2018 season set to get underway this weekend, the Western New England University volleyball team has been picked to finish fifth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, the league office announced on Tuesday morning.
Western New England received 48 points in the poll, which is voted on by all nine coaches in the CCC. Endicott College was selected as the preseason favorite with 78 points and six first place votes, while Roger Williams finished second with 73 points and two first place nods. Salve Regina received one first place vote, placing third with 54 points, and Wentworth checked in at No. 4 with 52 points. Gordon (41 points), the University of New England (31 points), Curry (18 points) and Nichols (ten points) followed the Golden Bears in the final four spots.
The Golden Bears will look to build on last season's 16-14 (5-4 CCC) campaign under third-year head coach Samantha Shomo '11.
Western New England's young roster features just one senior in outside hitter Jenna Ferguson (Ellington, Conn.), while junior Cassandra Holmes (Ellington, Conn.) and sophomore Abigail Bundy (Lebanon, Conn.) return to play key roles in the middle. Junior Kierah Parker (Middletown, Conn.) is also back after missing all of last season with an injury.
The Golden Bears open their 2018 campaign on the road with four matches at the Kean University Invitational September 1-2, before returning home to host Connecticut College on Wednesday, September 5th. CCC play gets underway on Wednesday, September 19th, when Western New England travels to Curry.