Wallace State's volleyball team once again finds itself among the best in the nation, ranked No. 21 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I preseason poll released late Wednesday.
Wallace State volleyball has earned a Top 25 preseason ranking for the third year in a row and is seeking its third consecutive state championship under coach Randy Daniel.
Last year, Wallace State compiled a program-best 53-3 record, marched to another ACCC tournament title and remained undefeated in regular-season league play for the third year in a row. The squad set single-season team records in wins, blocks, kills, digs and assists and tallied a match victory over Temple (Texas) College at the NJCAA tournament, marking the first win at nationals under Daniel.
Wallace State opens the 2011 season on Aug. 26-27, hosting its annual tournament at Tom Drake Coliseum.
Sophomores returning this season are Amelia Moore of Clay-Chalkville High School; Callie Miller of Hartselle; Caelin Light of Arab; Lesley Bemis of Parkway Christian; Kaydi Langley of Addison and Kris Lawson of Gaston.
Light and Bemis were All-ACCC/Region 22 first-team selections last season.
Daniel, who is entering his fifth year with the program, has a 153-28 career record at Wallace State.