Maxwell Named Preseason All-BIG EAST
Aug. 2, 2017

NEW YORK - The BIG EAST selected Brittany Maxwell with All-BIG EAST Preseason honors, announced Tuesday by the conference office. The DePaul volleyball team to finish seventh out of 10 teams after finishing eighth in 2016.

The 2017 Blue Demon squad features 13 returners and six newcomers, including BIG EAST Preseason All-Conference First Team selection Maxwell who led DePaul with 3.57 kills/set in 2016. The squad's seven BIG EAST victories in 2016 were a program-best mark since joining the BIG EAST in 2005.

In the preseason poll, the Blue Demons racked up 36 points, beating out Seton Hall's 35. DePaul ranks seven points behind St. John's for seventh place.

For the second year in a row, Creighton was selected as the unanimous preseason favorite with 81 points, with Butler in second with 66 points. Marquette (62 points), Xavier (51) and Villanova (46) rounded out the Top 5.

The Blue Demons start the 2017 season with the Indiana Invitational on Fri., Aug. 25 in Bloomington, Ind. DePaul will take on Indiana State at 4 p.m. and continues action on Saturday with matches against Indiana at 11 a.m. and Ball State at 4 p.m.

The season continues down the road with the UIC Invitational in Chicago, Ill. (Aug. 31 and Sept. 2). DePaul hosts the DePaul Invitational on Sept. 8 and 9 and welcomes Northwestern, Milwaukee, and Army West Point to the McGrath-Phillips Arena for the two-day invitational.

Preseason All-BIG EAST (listed alphabetically by institution, then last name)
Anna Logan, Butler, Jr., OH ^ Lydia Dimke, Creighton, Sr., S ^
Jaali Winters, Creighton, Jr., OH ^
Taryn Kloth, Creighton, Jr., OH ^
Brittany Witt, Creighton, So., DS
Brittany Maxwell, DePaul, Jr., RS ^
Symone Speech, Georgetown, Jr., MB
Jenna Rosenthal, Marquette, RS-Jr., MH ^
Erica Di Maulo, St. John's, So., S ^
Allie Loitz, Villanova, Sr., OH
Kristen Massa, Xavier, Sr., OH

2017 Preseason BIG EAST Volleyball Honors Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year -- Lydia Dimke, Creighton, Sr., Setter

2017 Preseason Coaches' Poll First-place votes in ( )
1. Creighton (9) 81 pts.
2. Butler 66
3. Marquette (1) 62
4. Xavier 51
5. Villanova 46
6. St. John's 43
7. DePaul 36
8. Seton Hall 35
9. Georgetown 21
10. Providence 9 ^ - denotes unanimous selection



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