Atlantic 10 coaches forecast the fall season

Xavier volleyball, soccer and cross country rankings across the board in preseason poll | August 27, 2003

The Atlantic 10 head coaches have predicted the 2003 season for each of the fall sports in their annual preseason poll. Xavier volleyball and women’s soccer teams led the University’s A-10 fall sports forecast, with volleyball ranked fourth and women’s soccer picked to finish sixth. Trailing slightly in the polls were the men’s soccer team and the cross country teams.

The coaches’ consensus ranked Xavier's volleyball team as tied for fourth place with the University of Rhode Island in the A-10. This forecast echoes Xavier’s finish last season, when the Musketeers tied for fourth (with a season record of 16-16 and a 7-7 A-10 finish) with Rhode Island and Duquesne University and advanced to the A-10 Tournament for the fifth consecutive season.

For 2003, Temple University, the 2002 Regular Season Champion and NCAA Regional Semifinalist, is predicted to repeat as champion, followed by George Washington University and the University of Dayton.

Xavier begins its season on Friday, Aug. 29, at 4:00 p.m. against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in the Hampton Inn/Jacksonville Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla.

The A-10 coaches expect the Xavier women's soccer team to finish sixth this season, after a 10-9-0 overall record and a 6-5-0 mark in league play last season. Xavier just missed last season’s conference tournament, tying for fifth. But this season’s restructuring of the soccer tournament, which allows six teams to advance, gives the Musketeers new hopes for the playoffs.

The women's soccer team begins its 2003 season on Friday, Aug. 29, at Miami (of Ohio) University at 5:00 p.m.

The Xavier men's soccer team was picked to tie for eighth place with St. Bonaventure University. Last year, the team finished with a 10-7-2 overall record and 5-4-2 in the A-10 action.

Xavier’s men's soccer season begins Sunday, Aug. 31, at 1:00 p.m. at host Michigan State University’s MSU/Radisson Classic.

The Musketeer men's cross country team was picked to finish eighth in the A-10, while the women are predicted to finish ninth under new head coach Steve Nester. Last year, the Xavier men's team placed seventh at the A-10 Championships, while the women finished 10th.

The Xavier men's and women's cross country teams begin their 2003 schedule on Saturday, Sept. 13, at host Otterbein College’s Cardinal Invitational.