Gorillas #9 in MIAA Preseason VB Poll

Gorillas #9 in MIAA Preseason VB Poll
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Pittsburg State University volleyball team was selected in a tie for ninth place in the 2018 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Coaches Poll released Thursday (Aug. 16).

The University of Nebraska-Kearney, the defending MIAA regular season and tournament champions, received eight of 11 first-place votes (one member school did not return a ballot) and 108 points to earn the preseason No. 1 ranking. Missouri Western State University was picked second with two first-place votes and 94 points, while the University of Central Oklahoma was tabbed third with 92 points.

The University of Central Missouri (85 pts), Washburn University (72 pts, one first-place vote), Northwest Missouri State University (67 pts), Lindenwood University (60 pts), and Emporia State University (50 pts) occupied positions four through eight. The Gorillas, who posted a 7-24 overall record and 3-15 mark in MIAA play a year ago, received 30 points to land in a tie for ninth place in the poll with Missouri Southern State University.

Pitt State opens the regular season action Friday, Aug. 24, at the two-day Christian Brothers University Invitational at Memphis, Tenn.

2018 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Nebraska Kearney (8) 108
2. Missouri Western (2) 94
3. Central Oklahoma 92
4. Central Missouri 85
5. Washburn (1) 72
6. Northwest Missouri 67
7. Lindenwood 60
8. Emporia State 50
9t. Pitt State 30
9t. Missouri Southern 30
11. Fort Hays State 27
12. Southwest Baptist 11

* One school did not return a ballot