LEXINGTON - After finishing runner-up to Allen Central in the 15th Region last season, Pikeville is ranked first in the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association Preseason 15th Region Top 5 Poll. Three-time defending 15th Region champion Allen Central is ranked second in the preseason poll, which was released on Friday.
Former champion Betsy Layne (3), Paintsville (4) and Johnson Central (5) round out the 15th Region Top 5 Poll.
Following its season-ending setback to Allen Central, Pikeville packed a 33-6 record out of the 2013 season.
Under the direction of veteran head coach Larry Maynard, Allen Central has captured three straight 15th Region championships.
The Rebels ended the 2013 campaign with a 33-7 record.
The other preseason regional favorites from around the state are McCracken County (Region 1), Henderson County (Region 2), Apollo and Daviess County(Region 3), South Warren (Region 4), Green County and Central Hardin (Region 5), Mercy (Region 6), Assumption (Region 7), Oldham County (Region 8), Notre Dame (Region 9), Campbell County (Region 10), Henry Clay and Paul Laurence Dundar (Region 11), Southwestern (Region 12), Corbin (Region 13), Letcher County Central (Region 14) and Raceland (Region 16).
Teams from throughout the state will make debuts in the 2013 season later in the month.
15th Region Top 5 Poll
2. Allen Central
3. Betsy Layne
5. Johnson Central