@AU_Volleyball Tops PL Preseason Poll, Elbaek Selected to All-League Team

Helena Elbaek

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The American University volleyball team was back atop the Patriot League Preseason Poll, the league announced on Friday, while junior outside hitter Helena Elbaek was selected for her first career Preseason All-League Team.

The Eagles received 118 points and 11 first-place votes in a poll conducted among the league's head coaches and sport information directors. Defending PL champion Navy was second with 98 points (four first-place votes), followed by Colgate (95 points, 1 first-place vote), Army West Point (88 points, two first-place votes), Loyola Maryland (83 points), Lehigh (76), Bucknell (40), Holy Cross (33), and Lafayette (17).

Elbaek closed her sophomore campaign as a First Team All-Patriot League selection after earning a spot on the second team her freshman year. She leads the returners in kills with 318 last year. 

The Eagles will open their season on August 30 and 31 with the D.C. Challenge at George Washington before coming home to host the American Volleyball Classic on September 6 and 7. AU will open its Bender Arena slate at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 against Winthrop, followed by a 7 p.m. start against Ohio. The team will close the three-game home tournament at 2 p.m. on Sept. 7 against Temple.

For the latest on American University Volleyball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter (@AU_Volleyball) and Instagram (@AU_Volleyball).

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