Aurora, Concordia Wisconsin Receive Votes in AVCA Preseason Poll

Aurora University and Concordia University Wisconsin are receiving votes in the 2018 AVCA NCAA Division III Preseason Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
Aurora University and Concordia University Wisconsin are receiving votes in the 2018 AVCA NCAA Division III Preseason Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Aurora University and Concordia University Wisconsin are among teams receiving votes in the NCAA Division III Preseason Coaches Top 25 Poll released Tuesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

Aurora, last year's Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference regular-season and tournament runners-up, received 80 points to land just outside the Top 25 after a 26-8 mark overall and an 10-1 record inside the NACC.

Concordia Wisconsin, which went 11-0 in league play last year and captured the NACC Tournament crown, earned 13 points.

The 2018 NACC women's volleyball schedule gets underway Friday, August 31, with 11 of 13 schools in action. Concordia Chicago and Concordia Wisconsin get underway the following day (Saturday, September 1) at the Concordia Invitational Volleyball Tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Wednesday, September 12 is the first date of league play with six matches on the docket. The season culminates in late October with the top six teams advancing to the NACC Women's Volleyball Tournament, which begins October 30.

AVCA DIVISION III COACHES TOP 25 PRESEASON POLL: AUGUST 14, 2018

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2017 Record 2017 Final Rank
1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (42) 1476 31-5 1
2 Calvin (3) 1418 30-4 3
3 Colorado College (9) 1400 33-2 4
4 Wittenberg (7) 1379 27-3 2
5 Emory (1) 1307 30-7 5
6 Johnson & Wales (RI) 1121 35-1 6
7 Gustavus Adolphus 1073 26-7 7
8 Ithaca 1045 25-9 8
9 Southwestern (Texas) 917 30-6 9
10 Washington-St. Louis 864 24-10 13
11 Trinity (Texas) 831 27-8 11
12 Carnegie-Mellon 712 30-5 15
13 Illinois Wesleyan 683 23-8 16
14 Carthage 666 27-9 14
15 Northwestern (Minn.) 646 34-7 10
16 Millikin 577 29-8 12
17 Juniata 525 24-9 21
18 Johns Hopkins 479 26-4 17
19 Ohio Northern 425 29-6 19
20 MIT 393 30-3 20
21 Swarthmore 314 24-8 18
22 Pacific Lutheran 277 21-5 22
23 Christopher Newport 236 28-4 24
24 Stevenson 168 33-2 23
25 Berry 130 30-7 RV

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: St. Thomas (Minn.) 118; Chicago 91; Otterbein 90; Wesleyan (Conn.) 84; Aurora 80; Whittier 76; Wisconsin-La Crosse 58; Wisconsin-Whitewater 58; Texas-Dallas 53; Wisconsin-Eau Claire 49; Stevens 44; Babson 37; Cal Lutheran 29; Wartburg 27; Eastern 24; Wisconsin-Oshkosh 18; Tufts 16; Concordia (Wisc.) 13; Clarkson 12; DePauw 9; Mary Hardin-Baylor 9; Vassar 7; Cornell (Iowa) 6; Mary Washington 6; Susquehanna 3

Eleven teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 71 combined points.

Next Poll: September 4