WAUKESHA, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin's volleyball team was selected to finish fourth in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Preseason Poll, in a vote by the league's head coaches and athletic communicators.
CUW received 202 points in the poll. The Falcons return nine upperclassmen, including three seniors who have high expectations for the upcoming campaign. Last season they finished with a 14-19 overall record and a 6-5 NACC record, which was good for a fifth place finish under first-year head coach Janelle Gabrielsen-Katz.
Edgewood College was chosen to the win the league with 16 first-place votes out of a possible 24, to go along with 279 points. The Eagles won the conference outright last season with an 11-0 record. Dominican University had seven first-place votes and 262 points for second place, while Benedictine University received a first-place vote and 244 points for third place.
CUW begins its season on Aug. 29 with a non-conference road match against Finlandia University at 1 p.m. They then compete against Concordia University Ann Arbor and Concordia University Chicago in the Concordia Invitational Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 30.
The Falcons home and NACC opener is Sept. 16 against Edgewood College inside the R. John Buuck Field House at 7 p.m.
Teams in the NACC begin play Aug. 29, while the conference schedule starts on Sept. 16. The NACC Tournament takes place from Nov. 4, 6 and 7, with the tournament champion receiving the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
2014 NACC Preseason Poll
1. Edgewood College (16), 279
2. Dominican University (7), 262
3. Benedictine University (1), 244
4. Concordia University Wisconsin, 202
5. Lakeland College, 185
6. Aurora University, 179
7. Wisconsin Lutheran College, 143
8. MSOE, 112
9. Marian University, 111
10. Concordia University Chicago, 65
11. Alverno College, 59
12. Rockford University, 31
First-place votes in parentheses
Voted by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors
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