RICHARDSON, Texas – McMurry University Volleyball was picked to finish third in the American Southwest Conference West Division, it was announced in a pre-season poll released by the conference office Monday. The War Hawks also had two players on the pre-season “Watch List.”
The War Hawks received three first place votes and 90 points, just two points behind Concordia University Texas. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor was projected to win the West Division with 133 points and 19 first-place votes.
In the East, University of Texas at Dallas received all 23 first-place votes and 115 points. East Texas Baptist University was picked second.
On the “Watch List” for the War Hawks are senior libero Odalis Rodriguez and junior middle blocker Justice McGowan.
Rodriguez is a two-time All-ASC West Division performer, being named to the second team a year ago. Last season she led the team in digs per set (4.91) and aces (36). Rodriguez set the McM record for digs in a match with 46 against Austin College and currently sits third on the all-time McMurry digs list with 1,489.
McGowan enters her junior season having already cemented herself in the McM record book. A season ago, she earned All-ASC honors while being named to the ASC West Division first team for a second consecutive year.
McGowan led the War Hawks in multiple categories last season, including kills per set (2.64), blocks per set (1.01) and attack percentage (.359) The .359 attacking percentage was the second-best in program history and leaves McGowan as the current career leader in attach percentage at .330.
The War Hawks begin the season August 31-September 1 with four games at the Virginia Wesleyan Invitational in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The home opener for the War Hawks is scheduled for September 12 against Schreiner University.