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Lopers Picked To Win MIAA Title | KRVN Radio

Lopers Picked To Win MIAA Title

Lopers Picked To Win MIAA Title
Photo Courtesy UNK Sports

Kearney, Neb. – The eighth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team has been picked first in the 2018 MIAA preseason coaches’ poll. Head coaches vote on the makeup of the poll and cannot vote for their own squad. Note 11 schools returned a ballot. Just 36 points separates the top five teams and includes the Lopers (108 points; eight first place votes), Missouri Western State (94; two first place), Central Oklahoma (92), Central Missouri (85) and Washburn (72; one first place). Northwest Missouri State (67) and Lindenwood (60) are sixth and seventh, respectively.

UNK and MWSU shared the 2017 MIAA regular season title and with the Lopers beating the Griffons in the MIAA Tournament finals. Since joining the league in the fall of 2012, Kearney has won or shared the regular season title four times. The Lopers face Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), Indiana U. of Pennsylvania, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State San Marcos next weekend, August 24-25, in the Cougar Classic. CS San Marcos serves as tourney host.

2018 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll

Nebraska Kearney (8) – 108

Missouri Western (2) – 94

Central Oklahoma – 92

Central Missouri – 85

Washburn (1) – 72

Northwest Missouri – 67

Lindenwood – 60

Emporia State – 50

Pittsburg State – 30

Missouri Southern – 30

Fort Hays State – 27

Southwest Baptist – 11

*Not All School Returned Ballots

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