LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell junior middle blocker Karen Campbell (Chesapeake, Virginia/Cape Henry Collegiate) was named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Volleyball Team on Friday, just one week before the Bison commence their 2014 campaign at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Classic. Campbell was one of seven student-athletes cited on the preseason squad, and she was one of only two non-seniors to be listed.
A two-year starter who has played in all 205 sets during her Bison career, Campbell ranked fifth in the Patriot League in blocks per set (0.93) a year ago. He 91 total blocks lifted her two-year total to 197. Campbell was also sixth in the Patriot League in hitting percentage with a team-best .312 mark.
A Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection and a Bucknell Dean’s List member, Campbell ranked fourth on the team with 169 kills last year, giving her 342 in her career.
In addition to selecting the Preseason All-Patriot League Team, the league’s head coaches and sports information directors also conducted a preseason poll. Bucknell was picked seventh among the nine teams in the poll. Last year the Bison finished 10-16 overall and 3-13 in conference play. They will be looking to return to the Patriot League Tournament this fall after qualifying for the event nine times in an 11-year span from 2000 to 2010.
Patriot League Volleyball Preseason Poll
1. American - 128 (16 first place votes)
2. Colgate - Colgate 104 (2)
3. Army - 102
4. Lehigh - 85
5. Navy - 81
6. Loyola - 52
7. Bucknell - 41
8. Holy Cross - 29
9. Lafayette - 26
Preseason All-Patriot League Team
Monika Smidova, American, Sr., S
Kristyna Lindovska, American, Sr., OH
Kelly McCaddin, American, Sr., MB
Olivia Fairfield, Army, So., MB
Karen Campbell, Bucknell, Jr., MB
Diane Seely, Colgate, Sr., MB
Jade Van Streepen, Lehigh, Sr., OH
Preseason Player of the Year: Monika Smidova, American, Sr., S