Wake Forest outside hitter Kylie Long earned a spot on the preseason All-ACC Volleyball team, the league office announced Friday morning.
Aug. 4, 2017
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest outside hitter Kylie Long earned a spot on the preseason All-ACC Volleyball team, the league office announced Friday morning. The selections were made by the league's coaches.
Long, a 6-2 senior from Plano, Texas, led the Deacs in kills (447), kills per set (3.63), and total attacks (1,302) in 2016. She also finished second on the team in digs with 272. Over her career at Wake Forest, she ranks 8th in program history with 1,135 kills. She is also tied for 8th in program history with 3.10 kills per set.
The league's coaches voted the Demon Deacons to finish 11th in the league in 2017. The team is entering its second season under the direction of head coach Bill Ferguson. Wake Forest will be looking to improve upon its 9-22 record last season that included a 5-15 ACC mark.
The team will return many of the same players from last season, as 10 of 12 players that appeared in a match last season will be back for 2017. In addition to Long, senior libero Caroline Wolf returns to the team. She has led the team in digs in each of her first three seasons with the Deacs. The team also adds a substantial freshman class that includes nine newcomers.
Wake Forest opens the 2017 season in the Spartan-Demon Deacon Classic, as they take on Morgan State on Friday, Aug. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Greensboro.
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH:
1. North Carolina (196 points, 14 first place votes)
2. Florida State (169 points)
3. Pitt (168 points)
4. Notre Dame (149 points)
5. NC State (140 points)
6. Miami (136 points)
7. Duke (118 points)
8. Louisville (104 points)
9. Georgia Tech (99 points)
10. Syracuse (75 points)
11. Wake Forest (69 points)
12. Virginia Tech (54 points)
13. Virginia (50 points)
14. Boston College (28 points)
15. Clemson (20 points)
PRESEASON ALL-ACC TEAM
Leah Meyer, Jr., MB, Duke
Milica Kabura, Sr., OH, Florida State
Gabriela Stavnetchei, Sr., OH, Georgia Tech
Tess Clark, Sr., MB/ OG, Louisville
Molly Sauer, Jr., L, Louisville
Olga Strantzali, Sr., OH, Miami
Haley Templeton, R-Jr., S, Miami
Taylor Fricano, Sr., MH/OP, North Carolina
Taylor Leath, Jr., OH, North Carolina
Julia Scoles, So., OH, North Carolina
Bree Bailey, Gr., OH, NC State
Julia Brown, Sr., OH, NC State
Sam Fry, Sr., MB, Notre Dame
Caroline Holt, Sr., S, Notre Dame
Kamalani Akeo, Jr., S, Pittsburgh
Stephanie Williams, R-So., OH, Pittsburgh
Santita Ebangwese, Jr., MB, Syracuse
Kylie Long, Sr., OH, Wake Forest