SU roundup: Hornets picked sixth in ODAC football poll

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FOREST – Shenandoah University is the No. 6 selection of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference football coaches in pre-season poll results announced Friday morning as part of the annual coaches meeting.

The Hornets, under the direction of second-year coach Scott Yoder, received 18 points in the poll to come in two points clear of No. 7 Catholic.

Hampden-Sydney, the defending champion, had a perfect 49 points on seven first-place votes to lead the poll by seven points over Randolph-Macon.

Macon received Hampden-Sydney’s first-place vote. Guilford (37 points) was picked third, followed by Washington & Lee (29), Bridgewater (23), Shenandoah, Catholic and Emory & Henry (10).

Voting is done on a 7-1 basis and coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll.

Women’s basketball

WINCHESTER — Shenandoah head women’s basketball coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft announced her recruiting class Friday morning.

Smeltzer-Kraft, who was promoted to head coach in May after serving as the lead assistant on C.K. Calhoun’s staff for the 2013-14 season, successfully recruited a class of eight women into the program for the upcoming year.

These eight women join nine returners to comprise the pre-season roster.

The class consists of six guards, one forward and one combo player with that combo player, Kirstyn Arcata, the tallest of the group at 5 feet, 10 inches.

Arcata, from Rocky Hill, Connecticut, is also one of two players from New England. Forward Brie Girouard is a from Cape Cod, Massachuetts.

Three of the remaining six are Virginia natives with single players calling Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania home.

Shenandoah opens its 2014-15 season on November 15 with a classic-format tournament at Washington and Lee. Smeltzer-Kraft’s club will face former USA South foes Methodist and Mary Baldwin in the tourney.

Shenandoah had three conference wins last season – over H-SC, Bridgewater and Washington and Lee. W&L and BC are picked immediately in front of SU in the pre-season poll.

SU opens its season on Sept. 6 at Gallaudet with its home opener one week later versus Frostburg State. The ODAC opener is Oct. 4 at Bridgewater.