The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) announced the 2014 SLIAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll and Westminster was selected to finish third.
Westminster College was picked third in the poll, finishing with 61 total points including one first-place vote. The Blue Jays finished last year 17-12 overall and 12-6 in the SLIAC under their first year with head coach Curtis Madson. Westminster returns six starters highlighted by a core of young players. Leading the way is sophomore outside hitter Riley Lawrence, who was named 2013 SLIAC Newcomer of the Year. Lexi Collier, a junior middle hitter, also returns after being named All-Conference in each of the last two years. A pair of sophomores in Amanda Kiso and Kayla Reeg flush out the depth of the Blue Jays. Several incoming freshmen join the program including Hannah Marshall, Kendall Johnson, and Natalie Corrigan.
The Blue Jays open their season at the Elmhurst Invitational in Elmhurst, Illinois on Friday, August 29. Conference play begins on Saturday, September 13 at the Greenville Quad in Greenville, Illinois.