DANBURY, Connecticut - Eastern Connecticut State University edged out Western Connecticut in the first ever Little East Conference volleyball pre-season coaches poll by collecting six first-place votes and 61 points. WCSU pulled in the remaining two top votes and six second place votes to finish runner-up in the balloting with 58 points.
Plymouth State College rounded out the top three spots with 47 points, followed by Rhode Island College (36 points), Keene State (31), UMass Dartmouth (29), Southern Maine (17) and UMass Boston (9).
Eastern Connecticut is the four-time defending LEC champion, going 7-0 during the 1998 regular season and winning the conference tournament. WCSU finished runner-up in 1998, losing only to its in-state rival.
PSC finished 22-11 overall last season, its third season of varsity competition. The Panthers went 4-3 during the regular LEC season and were eliminated in the tournament semi-finals.
Plymouth State opens the season under second-year head coach Moira Long on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10-11, at a Little East round robin format at Keene State. The home opener is Wednesday, Sept. 15, vs. Colby-Sawyer College (7:00 p.m.).
1999 LEC Pre-Season Volleyball Coaches Poll
1. Eastern Connecticut (6) 61 points
2. Western Connecticut (2) 58 points
3. Plymouth State 47 points
4. Rhode Island College 36 points
5. Keene State 31 points
6. UMass Dartmouth 29 points
7. Southern Maine 17 points
8. UMass Boston 9 points
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