JMU volleyball picked to win CAA

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RICHMOND, Va. -- James Madison volleyball has been selected as the Colonial Athletic Association preseason favorites for the 2019 campaign, as announced by the league on Wednesday afternoon.

The Dukes earned six first-place votes and 62 total points, while Hofstra ranked second with three first-place votes and 57 points. The College of Charleston was picked third, Towson fourth and Northeastern rounded out the top-5.

Seniors M’Kaela White and Sarah Martin were two of six players chosen for the 2019 Preseason All-CAA volleyball squad.

In 2018, White led the CAA and ranked seventh nationally in blocks (172) while finishing fourth in the league with a .356 hitting percentage. Heading into her senior season, White is 10th all-time for JMU with 351 total blocks.

During her junior campaign, Martin tallied 1,145 assists which was fourth best in the league and racked up a career-high 58 assists against Charleston on Nov. 17. Martin has the eighth-most assists in program history with 2,286.

Head Coach Lauren Steinbrecher and the Dukes enter the 2019 season looking for its third title in four years after winning back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017.