COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team placed 15th in the Northeast-10 Conference's preseason coaches' poll, which was released earlier today and chosen by the member institutions' head coaches. The Purple Knights totaled 15 points, while the University of New Haven topped the 15-team rankings with 179 points. New Haven advanced to the NCAA Tournament national quarterfinals in 2017.
Saint Michael's went 1-18 overall and 1-13 in the league last season, picking up a 3-1 victory over NE10 foe Assumption College, which was slotted 13th in the preseason rankings. Against seventh-place Pace University, the Purple Knights suffered a 25-23 loss in the opening set of a 3-1 defeat. Nine women who have previously been members of the program are back in 2018 under first-year head coach Kim Lissinna, whose Mount Hood Community College squads averaged 17.0 victories the past two years, including qualifying for the postseason last fall.
Senior setter/right-side hitter Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) notched 79 kills, 134 assists, 89 digs and 15 blocks in 2017, while junior outside hitter Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) had 81 kills, 103 digs and 17 aces. Junior middle blocker Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) posted 51 kills and 17 blocks, while sophomore setter Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial) registered 69 assists and 37 digs.
The Lissinna Era begins when Saint Michael's heads to the four-match Union (N.Y.) College Invitational on Sept. 7-8. The Purple Knights kick off NE10 play at Assumption College on Sept. 18 and entertain Southern New Hampshire University for their home opener on Sept. 22.