Kean University has been picked as the preseason favorites in the 2019 Continental Volleyball Conference Preseason Poll as conducted by the league's 12 coaches. Kean picked up 11 of 12 first-place votes and received a total of 132 points in the voting. Marymount University and Southern Virginia University are picked second and third.

#1 Kean University

Kean captured the CVC Tournament title last year, finishing with a school record 34 wins. Head Coach Charlie Ginex will have to replace a couple of key pieces from last year's squad but can still rely on junior setter Ian Capp to run the offense. Capp was named the CVC Setter of the Year in 2018 and earned All-American honors as well. Capp will have the team's top three attackers returning in juniors Steve Zarzycki (2.77 kills per set) and Dylan Flor (2.40 kills per set) as well as senior Nick Buseski (2.33 kills per set). Defensively Kean will need to work in a new libero, senior Nico Mercandante. Kean brings in a pair of new middles (Jay Bynum and Kamil Garbowski) that should see some action as well as outside hitter Jake Milnazik.

#2 Marymount University

Marymount was picked second in the poll, receiving 114 total points. The Saints, coached by Dan Liberto, are coming off the best season in program history; going 22-7 overall and 11-2 in conference play. They bring back four starters but will have to replace All-American TJ Wiechicki. Sam Safley, a junior, is one player that can help pick up the offensive attack. The outside hitter was second on the team with 334 kills last season while also finishing in the top ten in the conference in hitting percentage and aces. Eric Wiles, a senior who was third on the team with 229 kills, will be another option. The Saints also bring back both middles, Evan Flesher and Remington Shahan, who combined for 76 blocks last year. Joe Zanelotti, a junior, is the team's setter this year and will be counted on to continue the success at that position after the graduation of Erich Bratke. Newcomers that figure into the rotation are Ervin Harrell, Kyle Kiser, and Kyle Marcolla-Gattasse.

#3 Southern Virginia University

After narrowly missing the conference tournament last season, Southern Virginia is expected to make it to the postseason this year; picking up 107 points and finishing third in the poll. The Knights, coached by Tom Peterson, return their entire starting lineup from last year's 16-8 team. The third year program is built around a trio of All-Conference performers. Paul Clark earned First Team honors after totaling 277 kills and 151 digs last year. Nahuel Recabarren finished with over 200 kills and 36 blocks to pick up CVC Rookie of the Year honors while libero Danny Aina (3.09 digs per set) was named Second Team All-Conference. Freshman middle blocker Elijah Mowery will look to work his way into the Knights rotation.

#4 Juniata College

Juniata was the only other team to receive a first-place vote from the coaches and totaled 104 points. The Eagles went 19-13 last year and return 12 players including All-American and CVC Player of the Year Quinn Peterson. Peterson, a senior, finished with 451 kills and 59 blocks to power the Eagles attack. He is joined by junior outside hitters Sean Cavanagh and Joe Fick. Middle Blocker David Hibner was third in the conference with 104 blocks and returns to provide the net defense for Juniata. Junior setter Matt Schaeffer is back once again after recording over 900 assists one year ago. Head Coach Glenn DeHaven brings in newcomers Kevin Duffy and Austin Goodsel.

#5 Eastern Mennonite University

Eastern Mennonite was chosen fifth in the poll with 95 points. The Royals bring back just two starters from last year's team that went 21-13 overall. With the loss of their top three attackers, returners Travis Abele and RJ Ocampo will be counted on to carry the team. Abele recorded 206 kills, 165 digs, and 61 blocks last season while Ocampo finished with 149 kills and was second in the CVC with 106 total blocks. Senior Hunter Taylor will add upperclassman leadership for the team. Head Coach Danielle Lickey is hoping that newcomer Angelo Olayvas can take control at the libero position.

#6 Rutgers-Newark University

Rutgers-Newark picked up 86 points, finishing sixth in the poll. The Scarlet Raiders are coached by Pedro Trevino and finished 19-9 last season. They return 10 players but just two starters as they enter the 2019 season. Libero Jake Conners, a junior, will be looked upon to lead the team after totaling 257 digs last year. A trio of freshmen (Elan Dorkhman, Arvind Kumar, and Daniel Quay) should see considerable time on the court for Rutgers-Newark.

#7 Ramapo College

Ramapo College was picked seventh with 77 points. The Roadrunners are coached by Michael Hrehovcik and went 8-21 last year. They bring back 11 players and three starters including Conor Charlow and Eric Van Thuyne. Charlow, a sophomore middle hitter, is expected to continue his devlopment after posting 112 kills and 44 blocks one year ago. Van Thuyne, a junior outside hitter, was second on the team with 232 kills and was sixth in the conference with 35 service aces. Newcomers Tyler Plitt and Josh Titus will push for playing time.

#8 Randolph-Macon College

The first of three newcomers to the league appearing in the poll is Randolph-Macon. The Yellowjackets received 59 points, coming in eigth on the poll. The first-year program is coached by Jared Horrigan, who has built a roster of 13 players in it's first year. Lee Olenyk, a junior, will be one of the keys of the offense as will freshman Scotty Carter. Fellow freshman Owen Jungers takes control of the reigns on offense and is in place as the team's setter.

#9 Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown College is the second new program to the league and picked up 50 points, coming in ninth place in the voting. Head Coach Alex Hinsey has a mix of transfers and incoming freshmen among his 12 man roster. Names to keep an eye on are junior Nick Baxter, sophomore Joey Nelson, and freshman Tim Zeiber.

#10 Cairn University

Cairn received 46 total points, coming in 10th in the poll. The Highlanders are coached by Nate Seidle and went 10-17 last season.

#11 Immaculata University

Immaculata University is the third school to join the league this year. The Mighty Macs received 33 points in the poll, placing 11th. They are coached by Rob Smith and this is the program's innaugural season.

#12 Neumann University

Neumann wraps up the presason poll by receiving 23 total points. Head Coach Joan Braid will be looking to build upon the program's first-year. Returners include middle blockers Khash Eshaghi, who played in 14 matches as a true freshman, and sophomore Roddy Rountree, who led the team with 111 kills. Sophomore Kyle Slinkman is also back after totaling 69 digs last year.

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