Aug 26, 2013
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech sophomore middle blocker Chanell Clark-Bibbs was named to the preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball team, the ACC announced Monday.
The Yellow Jackets were picked ninth in the preseason poll as voted on by the league’s 15 head coaches. Tech finished sixth in the ACC last season with a 10-10 conference record and a 19-12 overall mark.
Florida State was the unanimous favorite, accumulating the maximum possible point total of 196. First-place votes were awarded 14 points, second place received 13 points, etc. Coaches were not allowed to include their own team in their predicted order of finish.
North Carolina picked up 178 points for second place, while Miami (169), Notre Dame (153) and NC State (133) rounded out the top five. Duke’s 126 points placed it ahead of Virginia Tech (122), Clemson (109), Georgia Tech (82) and Maryland (81). Virginia (64), Syracuse (51), Pitt (49), Boston College (33) and Wake Forest (29) completed the poll.
A total of 10 teams were represented on the 2013 Preseason All-ACC Team. Miami led all conference schools with four selections, followed by Duke, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina and Notre Dame with two selections apiece.
In 2012, Clark-Bibbs earned ACC All-Freshman team honors after tallying 1.80 kills per set with a total of 117 on the season – fourth-best on the team. She posted the second-most solo blocks on the team with 10 and a 0.88 per game average.
The Houston, Texas, native spent the summer playing for the 2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team in the Czech Republic. She is only the second Yellow Jacket in program history to make the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team and the first since Kyleen Bell played for the squad in 1999.
Clark-Bibbs and the Yellow Jackets open the 2013 season at home Aug. 30 against Florida A&M at 10 a.m., followed by a 7 p.m. match against Chattanooga as part of the Georgia Tech Invitational.
2013 ACC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish
|No.||Team||Points||Record (ACC Record)|
|1||Florida State||196||28-4 (18-2)|
|2||North Carolina||178||26-6 (16-4)|
|5||NC State||133||22-10 (12-8)|
|7||Virginia Tech||122||16-14 (9-11)|
|9||Georgia Tech||82||19-12 (10-10)|
|14||Boston College||33||10-22 (4-16)|
|15||Wake Forest||29||11-21 (5-15)|