Volleyball ranked No. 22 in AVCA Preseason poll

Volleyball ranked No. 22 in AVCA Preseason poll

By Caleb Scott

| AVCA Preseason Poll |

ADA — The Ohio Northern volleyball team is ranked No. 22 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll, released Tuesday afternoon.

Northern received 261 points in the poll.

Calvin (Mich.) topped the poll with 1,573 points and 62 first place votes, while Emory (Ga.) came in second with 1,395 points and one first place vote, and Washington (Mo.) rounded out the top-3 with 1,358 points.

Northern finished the 2016 season with a 27-4 record and a perfect 9-0 record in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while being ranked No. 24 in the final AVCA poll.

The Polar Bears open the season on Sept. 1 as it hosts the 39th Annual ONU Invitational at the ONU Sports Center and takes on Case Western Reserve at 2 pm.

AVCA Coaches Preseason Poll

Preseason - Aug. 15, 2017

Rank School (First Place Votes) Points 2016 Record 2016 Final Ranking
1. Calvin (Mich.) 1573 33-1 1
2. Emory (Ga.) 1395 33-6 2
3. Washington (Mo.) 1358 27-11 3
4. Northwestern (Minn.) 1323 34-5 6
5. Southwestern (Tex.) 1291 34-5 4
6. Cal Lutheran 1201 27-5 5
7. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Cal.) 1126 23-4 10
8. Texas-Dallas 1043 32-3 7
9. Colorado College 1018 28-6 9
10. Mary Washington (Va.) 1001 31-4 8
11. Wittenberg 932 22-6 13
12. Wis.-Whitewater 855 29-7 11
13. Juniata (Pa.) 815 26-7 12
14. Trinity (Tex.) 720 27-8 16
15. Hope (Mich.) 672 25-6 15
16. Eastern (Pa.) 595 32-6 14
17. Millikin (Ill.) 530 28-12 t17
18. Wis.-LaCrosse 415 23-6 t17
19. Tufts (Mass.) 379 27-4 20
20. Hendrix (Ark.) 315 25-8 21
21. Elmhurst (Ill.) 291 23-13 19
22. Ohio Northern 261 27-4 24
23. Wis.-Oshkosh 237 28-8 23
24. Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) 174 24-8 RV
25. La Verne (Cal.) 153 22-7 22

Others receiving votes: DePauw 80; Ithaca 69; MIT 68; Illinois Wesleyan 57; Carnegie-Mellon 53; Chicago 50; Randolph-Macon 42; Johnson & Wales (RI) 41; Wisconsin-Stevens Point 37; Springfield 31; St. Thomas (Minn.) 29; Christopher Newport 27; Stevens 25; SUNY Brockport 20; Wartburg 18; Bethel (Minn.) 14; UMass-Boston 12; Swarthmore 11; Wisconsin-Eau Claire 11; Ramapo 10; Clarkson 6; Heidelberg 6; Stevenson 6; Susquehanna 5; Johns Hopkins 4