It is the same position they were picked last year when they went 6-12 in league play.
The Gamecocks received 85 points in the voting, 30 points behind fifth-place Tennessee Tech but well ahead of No. 7 UT-Martin.
Murray State was picked to win the league, followed by Morehead State, Southeast Missouri and Austin Peay.
Senior outside hitter Brittney Whitten was named to the preseason All-OVC first team, while junior Caitlin Vorbeck was a second-team pick.