HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Southern Miss volleyball team was picked fourth in the Conference USA preseason volleyball poll Monday.
Two-time defending conference champion Western Kentucky was picked to take the crown once more. One of WKU's top players, Jessica Lucas, was voted preseason Player of the Year. The setter led the league with 1,397 assists.
Rounding out the conference poll was UTSA, Rice, USM, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Florida International, Marshall, Charlotte, Middle Tennessee, UTEP, UAB and Louisiana Tech.
Southern Miss opens the 2016 season Aug. 26-27 with the USM Invitational. The Golden Eagles will open against McNeese State followed by games against Grambling State and Tulane.