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Defending champs top 2014 AVCA preseason poll

Defending champion Calvin is the No. 1 team in the 2014 AVCA preseason poll released today. Calvin defeated Cal Lutheran 20-18 in the fifth set at the thrilling 2013 final. Cal Lutheran placed sixth in the preseason poll.

Calvin received 56 of 60 first-place votes. Emory, my preseason No. 1 team, garnered three top votes and placed second in the poll. No. 4 Hope snagged the last No. 1 vote.

UW-Stevens Point is No. 3, the Pointers’ highest showing in poll history. St. Thomas, the 2012 national champion, is No. 5.

Other Central and Midwest teams in the preseason top 25: No. 9 Saint Benedict; No. 11 Washington-St. Louis; No. 12 Elmhurst; No. 16 Augsburg; No. 17 Chicago; No. 18 UW-Whitewater; No. 24 Cornell.

Central and Midwest teams receiving votes: Coe; Millikin; Wartburg.

My preseason top 25 does not look like the AVCA’s, as expected. There are several ways to create a preseason ballot. The AVCA collective created theirs more traditionally than I. It’ll work itself out in the end. It usually does.

Most D-III teams convene on campuses this week, and the first matches are Aug. 29.

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

August 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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