The SEC preseason volleyball poll is out and the league coaches predict USC will finish fifth in the conference.

The Gamecocks (20-10, 10-8 SEC) are coming off a season where they made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 16 seasons, advancing to the second round.

Mikayla Shields, who has been named All-SEC the past two seasons, heads into her senior season with another appearance on the Preseason All-SEC team.

She has been named honorable mention All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the past two seasons, the first player in the program's 46-year history to be recognized nationally twice in a career.