LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Defending Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) champion Benedictine University begins the 2020 campaign ranked sixth nationally according to the NVA/AVCA Division III Men's Preseason Poll released Monday.
Dominican University and 2019 NACC Tournament champ Milwaukee School of Engineering also received votes.
The Eagles finished 22-3 overall last year, winning the NACC with a 14-2 mark - one game clear of both MSOE (21-8, 13-3 NACC) and Dominican (19-11, 13-3 NACC).
MSOE defeated Dominican, 3-1, in the NACC Tournament final to advance to the NCAA Division III Championship where they fell in four sets to Fontbonne University.
NVA/AVCA Division III Men's Preseason Coaches Poll: January 6, 2020
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Total Points Adjusted||2019 Final Record||2019 Final Rank|
|1||SUNY New Paltz (20)||368||28-7||1|
|8||UC Santa Cruz||161||21-17||3|
Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: California Lutheran 40; Kean 38; St John Fisher 35; Dominican 30; MSOE 30; Fontbonne 24; Lancaster Bible 21; North Central (IL) 15; Vassar 14; Wentworth 14; St. Joseph's (NY – Long Island) 11; MIT 6
Three teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of 13 combined points.
Next Poll: January 21