STEPHENVILLE - The annual Lone Star Conference preseason poll was announced Monday afternoon and Tarleton was picked to finish second by coaches and media from around the league.

"Well obviously we would have liked to been picked No. 1, but at the same time we're excited to be among the top of the Lone Star Conference," said head coach Mary Schindler. "I'm excited about the group of girls we have coming in this year and we're going to work hard to make sure we earn the respect we've been shown. Where we finish at the end of the season is what we're concerned with and working toward."

Tarleton finished second in the poll with 291 total and 12 first-place votes, which came up just shy of Angelo State's 301 total and 13 first-place votes.

Texas Woman's came in third with 239 total votes, while West Texas A&M, who finished in seventh place in the league last season, was picked to rebound and finish in fourth place with 206 total and four first-place votes. Texas A&M-Kingsville was picked fifth with 184 total votes.

Western New Mexico, one of the league's newest additions, joins the Lone Star Conference after finding success in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Mustangs were picked to finish sixth in their debut season of Lone Star Conference volleyball with 176 total votes. Cameron (158) and Texas A&M-Commerce (154) finished four votes apart for seventh and eighth.

Rounding out the poll was Eastern New Mexico (99), Midwestern State (61), and UT Permian Basin (45).

Tarleton is coming off its first Lone Star Conference regular season championship last year with a 27-7 record, including a 15-1 mark in league play. The TexAnns, under 12th year head coach Mary Schindler, return three starters from last year's team, including the reigning LSC Offensive Player of the Year Hailey Roberts.

The TexAnns will open the 2016 season with tournament action in San Angelo onSeptember 2-3 at the Kathleen Brasfield Invitational. Tarleton will make its home debut on Sept. 8 against Lubbock Christian at 7 p.m. to start the TexAnn Invitational.