The Southern volleyball team was picked to win the West division in the Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason poll released Tuesday morning.

It’s the first time the Jaguars have been picked first in 20 years. They received 67 points, nine more than second-place Texas Southern. Alabama State (78 points) was picked to win the East.

Southern’s Diamond Williams was named the preseason defensive player of the year and teammate Leilani Lealaimatafao was named to the All-SWAC second team.

The Jaguars open the season Aug. 28-29 at the Southern Miss tournament.