FAIRFIELD, Conn. — The Fairfield University women’s volleyball and field hockey teams both were selected as the 2016 MAAC preseason favorites as voted upon by the league’s respective head coaches.
The Stags volleyball squad totaled 96 points and received seven first-place votes in the poll of 10 head coaches, with junior Skyler Day of Minooka, Ill., voted the ‘16 Preseason Player of the Year.
In field hockey, Fairfield totaled 48 points and six of seven first-place votes from skippers, and Ann Burgoyne of Blue Bell, Pa., was voted Preseason Player of the Year.
In volleyball, Fairfield finished 14-4 in conference play last season and 21-10 overall en route to winning the 2015 MAAC championship. The Stags knocked off Manhattan College in five sets in the semifinals and then beat Marist College, 3-1, in the championship match. The Stags have been MAAC volleyball champs eight times in program history.
Last season, the Stags led the MAAC in assists (1,498), blocks (246) and were tied for first with 1,578 kills.
Day led the conference with 420 kills and 468.5 total points. Her 3.59 kills and four points per set average ranked third in the MAAC.
In field hockey, the Stags won their first MAAC title last year after going 3-3 in conference play and 9-10 overall. Fairfield University knocked off Monmouth University, 2-1, in the semifinals and defeated Quinnipiac University, 2-0, in the championship game.
Last season, Burgoyne led the conference in points (40), goals (19), goals per game (1.06) and points per game (2.22).
The full polls for both sports were (first-place votes in parentheses):
- Volleyball: 1. Fairfield (7) 96 2. Siena (3) 84 3. Marist 74 T4. Manhattan 68 T4. Rider 68 6. Niagara 52 7. Canisius 40 8. Iona 32 9. Quinnipiac 23 10. Saint Peter’s 13
- Field hockey: 1. Fairfield (6) 48 2. Monmouth (1) 42 3. Rider 35 4. Sacred Heart 23 5. Siena 22 6. Bryant 19 7. LIU Brooklyn 7
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