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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2012
FSU Picked To Win WVIAC

by WVIAC

PRINCETON, W.Va. -- With five returning starters, including the reigning WVIAC Player of the Year, Fairmont State has been selected as the league’s preseason favorite as voted on by the WVIAC coaches.

The Falcons (18-10, 14-8) were listed first on 11 ballots while garnering 218 total points to lead the field. Glenville State (23-7, 18-4) picked up one first-place vote en route to 190 points and the No. 2 spot. West Liberty (15-15, 11-11) received a first-place vote and 174 points for third place. Concord (23-6, 18-4) garnered the remaining two first-place votes and was fourth at 167.

Defending WVIAC Champion and NCAA Tournament participant West Virginia Wesleyan (24-7, 18-4) was fifth with 152 points. Shepherd (20-11, 15-7), a WVIAC semifinalist a season ago, is sixth with 149. Davis & Elkins (14-14, 12-10) was seventh with 134 points, just ahead of Pitt-Johnstown (14-13, 12-10) with 133.

Seton Hill (11-18, 10-12) got 127 points for the No. 9 spot with the University of Charleston (12-15, 11-11) rounding out the top 10 with 107 points.

Rounding out the poll are West Virginia State (11-16, 8-14), Wheeling Jesuit (5-22, 2-20), Alderson-Broaddus (6-21, 4-18), Ohio Valley (9-20, 6-16) and Bluefield State (7-22, 6-16).

Fairmont State will be led by reigning WVIAC Player of the Year Kaitlin Snyder, a second-team NCAA Division II All-American who accounted for 21.5 points, 4.4 assists and 2.7 steals a game a season ago. The experienced Falcons also return a trio of double-figure scorers in Hailey Garrett (14.3 ppg), Tiffany Nicholson (10.5 ppg) and Emily Lohr (10.3 ppg) along with returning starting guard Briana Welch (5.3 ppg). Head coach Steve McDonald’s five returning starters combined for 83.5 percent of the Falcons’ scoring last year.

Complete Poll
1. Fairmont State (11) 218
2. Glenville State (1) 190
3. West Liberty (1) 174
4. Concord (2) 167
5. West Virginia Wesleyan 152
6. Shepherd 149
7. Davis & Elkins 134
8. Pitt-Johnstown 133
9. Seton Hill 127
10. Charleston 107
11. West Virginia State 67
12. Wheeling Jesuit 59
13. Alderson-Broaddus 49
14. Ohio Valley 41
15. Bluefield State 33