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2016 AVCA preseason poll: CLU on top

Defending national champion Cal Lutheran headlines the 2016 AVCA preseason poll. The Regals won their first title last season by downing Wittenberg in the finals.

Wittenberg is the runner-up in the AVCA poll, followed by Juniata in third, Emory fourth and Calvin fifth.

Cal Lutheran received 45 first-place votes while Wittenberg and Juniata got two apiece.

Central and Midwest region teams in the AVCA’s preseason poll: sixth-ranked Washington-St. Louis; eighth-ranked Carthage; 12th-ranked Bethel; 14th-ranked UW-Whitewater; 15th-ranked UW-Stevens Point; 18th-ranked Elmhurst; 19th-ranked Illinois Wesleyan; 23rd-ranked Northwestern; 25th-ranked UW-Oshkosh.

Central and Midwest teams receiving votes in the preseason: Millikin; Saint Benedict; Wartburg; Chicago; Gustavus Adolphus; UW-Eau Claire.

My preseason top 25

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

August 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm

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  1. As much as I respect the hard work you put into your work Ricky, I tend to agree with the avca poll more than the rankings you did especially in regards to the central and Midwest teams.


    August 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm

  2. I can appreciate that, Someone.

    The AVCA poll says 2015 will be 2016 besides Carthage, Clarkson and Randy Mac being slightly worse. It’s not like D III women’s volleyball has a lot of fluctuation year to year, so perhaps I’m silly in thinking 2016 will have more variations from 2015 than the collective coaches’ opinions.

    I find it hard to believe that the top 10 teams from the final 2015 poll are actually the top 10 teams this season and that, essentially, everything will play out in the same way this year. For example, my list suggests I would be surprised if Carthage were the second best team in the combined Central/Midwest this season. We’ll see.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    August 18, 2016 at 1:38 pm

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