MILWAUKEE, Wis. --- Aurora University and Concordia University Wisconsin, who have combined to go 42-2 in league play the last two seasons, have been selected as co-favorites in the race for the 2018 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference women's volleyball title according to the preseason poll, voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.
The Falcons captured their second straight NACC crown last season by posting another perfect 11-0 mark en route to a 28-3 record overall in 2017. CUW also won the league tournament to earn a trip to the NCAA Division III Championship.
The Spartans finished one game back of CUW in the 2017 regular-season standings with a 10-1 record in NACC play. Aurora (26-8 overall) was tripped up by the Falcons in the NACC Tournament final but was awarded an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.
CUW and Aurora each racked up 324 points with the Falcons picking up 14 first-place votes and the Spartans scoring the remaining 12. Aurora did not receive a vote outside the top-two.
Edgewood College, which was the only other school to record a top-two vote (both second place), ended up third with 272 points.
Dominican University was fourth with 253 points, Lakeland University fifth with 225 while Wisconsin Lutheran College was sixth with 212.
Concordia University Chicago followed in seventh with 182 points, Benedictine University eighth with 148 and Milwaukee School of Engineering ninth with 139.
Marian University (103), NACC newcomer Illinois Tech (91), Alverno College (60) and Rockford University (33) rounded out the final four spots in the poll.
The NACC's regular season standings determine the teams that qualify for the six-team conference tournament, while the tournament champion receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA III Championship Tournament.
2018 NACC Women's Volleyball Preseason Poll
|1.||Concordia Wisconsin (14)||324|
First-place votes in parentheses
Voted by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors
13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale used