August 20th, 2013

GLVC coaches pick BU 5th in preseason volleyball poll

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.


GLVC coaches pick BU 5th in preseason volleyball poll
photo from bellarmine.edu/athletics / photo by John Sommers II

Bellarmine University’s volleyball team, under first-year coach Jenni Grzebin, has been picked to finish fifth in the East Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, according the league's 2013 preseason coaches’ poll.  

 

The University of Indianapolis and newcomer Truman State have been selected to win their respective divisions,  the league office announced on Tuesday. The  preseason polls reflect the opinions of the GLVC head coaches, who awarded the Greyhounds 11 first-place votes in the East Division, while the Bulldogs are predicted to win the West after receiving nine first-place votes.
 
The GLVC regular season will feature two divisions in 2013, with the top three teams from each side and two wild cards earning a berth to the eight-team GLVC Volleyball Championship Tournament on Nov. 22-24 at the site of the No. 1 seed.
 
Indianapolis returns six letter-winnersfrom a 31-8 squad, including All-America junior setter Meghan Binkerd, along with returning starters senior middle blocker Brittany Anglemyer, junior middle blocker Julia Watkins and sophomore outside hitter Hailey Brown. The Greyhounds, who advanced to the 2012 NCAA national semifinals and will now be led by first-year head coach Jason Reed, were ranked ninth overall last week in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll.
 
Coming off a 27-7 year in its final season as a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, Truman State reached the NCAA first round in a region that held six of the top eight spots in the final AVCA Top 25l. Truman has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 13 times overall, including 11 consecutive seasons from 2000-10. The Bulldogs have reached the NCAA national quarterfinals five times and twice advanced to the NCAA Championship final.  Last week Truman, which will be under the direction of fifth-year head coach Ben Briney, was awarded the 16th position in the AVCA preseason poll.
 
Rockhurst returns 13 players from its 2012 GLVC Championship squad and is picked to finish second in the West with 106 points and four first-place votes. The Hawks finished last season  28-7 after suffering a 3-0 loss to Indianapolis in the first round of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional. 
 
Lewis, a four-time GLVC Champion (2006-08, 2010) earned 108 points and four first-place votes to place second in the East. The Flyers finished last year 26-11 after back-to-back losses to Rockhurst in the GLVC Championship final and Ferris State in the opening contest of the NCAA Midwest Regional.
 
Wisconsin-Parkside (85) was picked third in the East, while Southern Indiana (83) received one first-place vote and was nabbed fourth.  Bellarmine (61), McKendree (58), Saint Joseph's (30) and Illinois-Springfield (29) rounded out the eight-team division.
 
Missouri S&T finished third in the West voting with 94 total points and three first-place votes. Missouri-St. Louis is fourth with 79 points, followed by Drury (59), Quincy (51), William Jewell (37) and Maryville (28).
 
The 2013 volleyball season will open on Sept. 5, while the first conference contests are scheduled for Sept. 17.  The annual GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Tournament, featuring all 16 schools from each conference, will be held at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Ill., on Oct. 25-26.
 

2013 Great Lakes Valley Conference preseason volleyball poll 

EAST DIVISION
Team (First-place votes)             Total Points                          

1.

Indianapolis (11)

115

2.

Lewis (4)

108

3.

UW-Parkside

85

4.

Southern Indiana (1)

83

5.

Bellarmine

61

6.

McKendree

58

7.

Saint Joseph's

30

8.

Illinois Springfield

29


WEST DIVISION
Team (First-place votes)             Total Points                          

1.

Truman State (9)

114

2.

Rockhurst (4)

106

3.

Missouri S&T (3)

94

4.

Missouri-St. Louis

79

5.

Drury

59

6.

Quincy

51

7.

William Jewell

37

8.

Maryville

28

 

 

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