Stephen F. Austin Picked to Repeat Regular-Season Volleyball Title

first_imgNicholls FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin is the favorite to lift the 2018 Southland Conference regular-season championship trophy, the league announced Monday through its poll via on by the league’s coaches and sports information directors. 276 196 New Orleans 97 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (208), who earned the regular season and tournament championships in 2015 and 2016, holds a seven-point advantage over Houston Baptist (201) for the No. 3 spot in the predicted order of finish. HBU just beat out Abilene Christian (197) for the four-slot by four total points. The Wildcats made a Southland Tournament championship appearance in their first season eligible last year, also becoming the first No. 8 seed in tournament history to make the final. With 14 first-place votes, SFA (276 total points) edges Central Arkansas (270) by six total points in the poll. The Sugar Bears picked up 11 first-place votes following a 2017 season that saw them claim the Southland Tournament title as the No. 2 seed. UCA’s season ended last year with a 3-1 loss at No. 10 USC in the NCAA First Round. 201 Lamar University McNeese 197 The Ladyjacks are coming into the new season as defending champions, claiming a 14-2 record in the 2017 league season to win their first championship since 2014. SFA returns 13 letterwinners from last season, including three Southland Preseason All-Conference First Team selections in Haley Coleman, Danae Daron and Makenzee Hanna. Junior setter Ann Hollas also earned a preseason second-team accolade for the ‘Jacks to lead the league in preseason all-conference honorees. UIW (97), New Orleans (90), Lamar University (69), Nicholls (54) and Southeastern Louisiana (32) are tabbed to place ninth through 13th, respectively. 182 Central Arkansas (11) 69 270center_img UIW Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sam Houston State 90 Stephen F. Austin (14) Northwestern State (196) received a first-place vote and is just one point behind Abilene Christian in the poll. Sam Houston State (182) is expected to place seventh in the league while McNeese rounds out the top-eight with 156 total points. 156 Abilene Christian 208 The preseason poll is voted on by head coaches and SIDs from each Southland volleyball school. Voting for one’s own team is not permitted.2018 Southland Conference Coaches’ and Sports Information Directors Preseason Poll Northwestern State (1) Houston Baptist Pl. Team (First-place votes)Total 54 Southeastern Louisiana 32last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Peninsula Beijing

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Peninsula Beijing, which is being renovated and set to relaunch early next year, is expected to set new standards in design, luxury and comfort within easy access of Beijing’s finest attractions, shopping, dining and night life.The relaunch aligns the hotel with its sister properties around the world in terms of décor, technology and facilities and comes at an especially important time as it falls during the 150th anniversary year of The Peninsula Hotels’ parent company, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels. It is expected that the Lobby, public areas and restaurants will be ready in May 2016, with the first batch of rooms and suites available in late July to early August and the entire renovation completed by early 2017.With the relaunch of the hotel, the group are also launching their new ‘Keys to the City’ programme (currently on offer at their Chicago and Paris hotels only), which comprises of a collection of curated bespoke experiences giving insider access to Beijing’s most coveted landmarks and venues.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more