- Rockhurst and Indianapolis have been selected as the favorites
to claim division crowns in the 2008 Great Lakes Valley Conference
volleyball preseason poll, the league office announced Monday.
overall, 13-6 GLVC in 2007) collected five first-place votes in
the GLVC West Division. The Hawks finished with 25 total points.
Southern Indiana was predicted to finish second in the GLVC West
Division with 21 total points and picked up the other first-place
Louis and Quincy tied for third place in the GLVC West, which is
comprised of just six teams this season. Southern Illinois at Edwardsville
reclassified its athletics program to NCAA Division I after the
2007-08 academic year and is no longer a member of the GLVC.
(33-4 overall, 18-1 GLVC in 2007) received four first-place votes
and collected 33 total points to gain the favorite's role in the
GLVC East Division. Two-time defending GLVC Tournament champion
Lewis was chosen to finish second in the GLVC East with three first-place
votes and 31 total points.
University was picked to finish third in the GLVC East Division.
NKU, which posted a 26-9 overall record last season, received 29
total points from the GLVC East Division coaches. The Norse, who
earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2007, finished
with a 14-5 mark in the GLVC last season.
will play divisional foes twice during the season and teams in the
opposite division once. The top three teams from each division and
two wild-card squads will advance to the GLVC Tournament Nov. 14-16
at the site of the team with the highest winning percentage in conference
NKU will feature
right-side hitter Kristina Eisenmenger, who earned honorable mention
All-America accolades last season after hammering down 481 kills
and finishing No. 2 in the GLVC in hitting percentage at .392. Eisenmenger,
a left-hander with a powerful swing, enters her senior season with
1,276 career kills.
Natalie Forbes also earned honorable mention All-America accolades
last season, and the senior from Highlands High School finished
No. 2 in the GLVC in assists at 13.70 apg. Also returning is senior
defensive specialist Katie Latenser, junior defender Megan Dooley,
sophomore libero/outside hitter Chelsea Clark and sophomore middle
blocker Annie Lucas.
The top newcomer
could be sophomore middle hitter Kim Nemcek, who recorded 275 kills
and a .271 hitting percentage as a freshman last season at Winona
State. Nemcek led Winona State in total blocks with 73 and helped
the Warriors post a 15-9 overall record last fall.
transfer is senior right-side hitter Kelsey Wesaw, who earned All-Great
Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors while playing at
Findlay last year. The 6-foot-3 Wesaw finished sixth in the GLIAC
with a .329 hitting percentage last season and also earned All-Great
Lakes Region accolades from Daktronics. Wesaw, who will have one
year of eligibility remaining at NKU, collected 366 kills last season.
NKU begins the
season Aug. 29 with a match against Central Oklahoma at the University
of Tampa Tournament.
LAKES VALLEY CONFERENCE PRESEASON VOLLEYBALL POLL
Team (First-place votes) total points
1. Rockhurst (5) 25
2. Southern Indiana (1) 21
3. Missouri-St. Louis 14
5. Drury 11
6. Missouri S&T 5
Team (First-place votes) Total Points
1. Indianapolis (4) 33
2. Lewis (3) 31
3. Northern Kentucky 29
4. Bellarmine 18
5. Saint Joseph’s 15
7. Kentucky Wesleyan 6