DENVER – (Aug. 16) Junior middle blocker Maja Stojanovic and sophomore Katarina Marinkovic have been named to the 2017 Preseason All-Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Team, as voted on by the league’s eight head coaches, the WAC announced Wednesday. Seattle University was picked to tie for fifth in the preseason coaches poll.
Stojanovic averaged 1.84 kills per set and 1.04 blocks per set during her sophomore campaign in 2016. She had four double-digit kill outings and collected five blocks or more in seven matches.
Marinkovic, who was named the 2016 WAC Freshman of the Year, tied for the team lead with 3.32 kps during her rookie campaign. She also led the team with 44 aces and had a career-high 30 kills in a match at Chicago State.
New Mexico State was selected as the preseason favorite to win the WAC regular-season crown in 2017. The Redhawks received 24 points in the poll, good for a tie for fifth with CSU Bakersfield. Seattle U was also one of four teams to place multiple people on the Preseason All-WAC Team.
The Redhawks open the 2017 season at the Cal Molten Classic on Aug. 25-26. Seattle U will face Loyola-Chicago, UC Irvine and host Cal.
2017 Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rank Team (first-place votes) Points
1. NM State (6), 48
2. UT Rio Grande Valley, 39
3. Utah Valley (2), 37
4. Kansas City, 31
T5. CSU Bakersfield, 24
T5. Seattle U, 24
7. Grand Canyon, 14,
8. Chicago State, 7
2017 Preseason All-WAC Team
Player, Yr., Pos., School
Jordan Abalos, Sr., OH, NM State
Briana Ainsworth, Jr., S, NM State
Tatyana Battle, Jr., OH, NM State
Madison Dennison, Sr., MB, Utah Valley
Alicia Harrington, So., OH, Kansas City
Sydney Haynes, Sr., MB, CSU Bakersfield
Ragni Steen Knudsen, Jr., OH, UT Rio Grande Valley
Katarina Marinkovic, So., OH/RS, Seattle U
Bojana Mitrovic, Sr., RS, UT Rio Grande Valley
Ariadnne Sierra, Sr., L, NM State
Sierra Starley, Sr., S, Utah Valley
Maja Stojanovic, Jr., MB, Seattle U
Sasha-Lee Thomas, Sr., MB, NM State
Lexi Thompson, Sr., OH, Utah Valley
Preseason Player of the Year: Bojana Mitrovic, UT Rio Grande Valley