Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina seniors Jordan Timmermann and Addy George were both selected preseason All-Southern Conference as the league unveiled its eight-person honorary squads as chosen by the nine head coaches on Wednesday.
Amidst a log-jam in the middle of the preseason rankings, WCU was slotted sixth in the nine-team league, just two points outside of fourth place in the new-look SoCon.
Timmermann led the Catamounts - and ranked fourth in the SoCon - with a 3.37 kills/set average in 2013, finishing with 374 kills a year ago. The Florissant, Mo., product earned second team All-SoCon plaudits in the postseason, recording a career-best with a .223 attack percentage while adding 220 (1.98 avg.) digs and 65 total blocks defensively. The outside hitter picked up SoCon Player of the Week accolades in mid-September, amassing a .262 hitting percentage with 55 kills with a 3.93 average in three matches in tournament play.
All told, Timmermann, who earned all-tournament accolades at the early-season Memphis Invitational, averaged 3.82 points per set a year ago. Off the court, Timmermann was selected to the 2013 SoCon Fall Academic All-Conference team representing her second time on the honorary squad.
Having played in all 95 matches of her WCU career with 93 starts, Timmermann enters her final season averaging 2.77 kills/set, tallying 932 career kills over her first three seasons.
George paced both WCU and the SoCon at the net a season ago, leading the way with 137 total blocks including a team-best 27 solo. Her 1.28 block per set mark led her squad and the league. Offensively, the middle blocker from Aberdeen, N.C., ranked third on the WCU squad with 259 kills and a 2.42 average per set.
Last season, George established her career-best with 16 kills at Samford. She earned all-tournament team plaudits at the Carolina Classic, establishing school records with 18 total blocks and 15 block assists in a 3-0 sweep of Robert Morris. Her efforts also landed her SoCon Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Like Timmermann, George was named to the 2013 SoCon Fall Academic All-Conference team.
Garnering seven of the nine first-place votes, Samford was again tabbed the league's preseason favorite for a second-consecutive year. Last year, the Bulldogs compiled a 23-11 record including a 12-4 mark in SoCon matches, and finished as the runner-up in the 2013 volleyball championship. Furman picked up the final two first-place nods to finish second in the preseason predictions, followed by returning league member, East Tennessee State, in third.
UNCG was picked fourth with 37 votes, followed by Chattanooga (36) and WCU (35) in the fifth and sixth positions. Rounding out the bottom third of the conference were Wofford (22) in seventh, Mercer (19) and The Citadel (8).
Preparations for Western Carolina's 2014 season continue this week. The volleyball team will host a special cookout and intrasquad scrimmage at the Ramsey Center Auxiliary Gym on Saturday afternoon. Festivities get underway with a hotdog cookout beginning at 12:30 pm with the Purple & Gold scrimmage to start around 1:00 pm. Admission is free and it is open to the public.
Western Carolina opens regular season play on Friday, Aug. 29 in tournament action in Orlando, Fla., in the Radisson UCF Invitational. The Catamounts face Florida International at Noon on Aug. 29, before facing the host Knights at the Venue at UCF at 7:30 pm. WCU wraps up tournament play against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Aug. 30.
The first home match for the volleyball Cats is Tuesday, Sept. 9 against in-state foe, Charlotte, at 7:00 pm.