The South Carolina volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in the SEC East in a poll of the league's coaches, the conference announced Tuesday.
The Gamecocks were predicted to finish in the same spot as they did last year when they went 21-9 overall and 12-8 in league play.
Head coach Ben Somera brings back five starters and his libero from last year's squad that finished fifth overall in the league and fourth in its division.
The Gamecocks open up the 2009 campaign at archrival Clemson on Friday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.
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2009 SEC Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
SEC Champion: Florida (7), Kentucky (3), Tennessee (1).
Florida (7) 16
Kentucky (3) 17
Tennessee (1) 25
South Carolina 36
LSU (10) 10
Mississippi State 51