MURRAY -- After winning their third Ohio Valley Conference tournament in five years in 2018, the Murray State volleyball team was picked first in the 2019 preseason poll.

The Racers received 228 points, 16 clear of Austin Peay, in a vote of the league's coaches and sports information directors. MSU also received half of the first-place votes with 12 followed by Austin Peay with six, Morehead State with five and Jacksonville State with one.

Murray State senior Rachel Giustino and junior Becca Fernandez were named to the Preseason All-OVC team. Both were named first-team All-OVC in 2018 with Fernandez being named OVC Co-Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 581 digs and ranking third with 5.01 digs per set. Giustino led the league with 470 kills and 4.05 kills per set last season.

The Racers will begin the 2019 campaign on Aug. 30 when they take on Valparaiso at the IUPUI Invitational. Their home opener is Oct. 4 against UT Martin.

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