Volleyball garners preseason ranking for third straight year, coming in at No. 23 in the AVCA poll

Volleyball garners preseason ranking for third straight year, coming in at No. 23 in the AVCA poll

By Bud Denega

| 2019 AVCA Coaches Poll - Preseason |

ADA — For the third consecutive season, Ohio Northern's volleyball team will begin the season ranked nationally in the top 25. The Polar Bears were ranked 23rd nationally in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll on Wednesday. 

Northern collected 208 points to tie for 23rd with Bowdoin (Me.). Emory (Ga.) topped the poll with 1,650 points and 52 first-place votes, while Calvin (Mich.) and Juniata (Pa.) rounded out the top three. 

ONU opens the season against a couple of ranked foes. The Polar Bears host No. 13 Illinois Wesleyan, No. 2 Calvin and No. 6 Wittenberg as part of the ONU Invitational Aug. 30-31. 

Northern is fresh off a season that saw it finish with a 22-8 overall record and an 8-1 mark in the Ohio Athletic Conference to share the regular-season crown with Otterbein. ONU went on to defeat Muskingum in the OAC Tournament title game to receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The Polar Bears' 2018 season came to a close in the opening round of the NCAAs against No. 18 Wisconsin-Whitewater.

AVCA Coaches Poll - Preseason

Aug. 14, 2019

Rank 
School (First Place Votes) Total
Points
2018
Record
Last
Year
1. Emory (Ga.) (52) 1650 30-6 1
2. Calvin (Mich.) (10) 1613 33-2 2
3. Juniata (Pa.) 1500 28-4 3
4. Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1417  33-4 4
5. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Cal.) 1364  27-4 8
6. Wittenberg 1317  25-3 5
7. Colorado College 1258 32-3 9
8. Johnson & Wales (R.I.)  1164 33-2 11
9. Chicago (Ill.) 1006 29-5 13
10. Aurora (Ill.) 982 26-9 6
11. Ithica (N.Y.) 900 21-8 12
12. Wesleyan (Conn.) 854 20-6 14
13. Illinois Wesleyan 830 27-6 10
14. Washington-St. Louis (Mo.) 733 26-8 15
15. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) 700 28-5 16
16. Wisconsin-Whitewater 626 25-8 19
17. Trinity (Tex.) 587 25-7 17
18. Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) 536  273- 18
19. Berry (Ga.) 506 26-4 21
20. Babson (Mass.) 425 26-9 20
21. Hope (Mich.) 306 25-8 22
22. Christopher Newport (Va.) 265  26-6 RV
T23. Ohio Northern 208  22-8 20
T23. Bowdoin (Maine) 208  29-2 NR
25. St. Benedict (Minn.) 161 26-8 t23

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Pacific Lutheran 127; Carthage 82; Carnegie-Mellon 81; DePauw 42; Birmingham Southern 31; Texas-Dallas 27; Cal Lutheran 23; Wisconsin-Stevens Point 23; Susquehanna 19; Johns Hopkins 18; RIT 18; Northwestern (Minn.) 17; Amherst 13; MIT 11; Puget Sound 11; St. Thomas (Minn.) 11; Mount Union 10; Muskingum 10; Tufts 8; Case Western 6; La Verne 5; Franklin & Marshall 4; SUNY New Paltz 4.