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BAY CITY, Mich.—The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) unveiled its annual Preseason Volleyball Coaches Poll Tuesday (Aug. 9).
The Storm was slated at sixth in the South Division.
The University of Findlay was projected as the top team in the South, receiving 35 total points including five first-place votes. Ashland University was slated in the number two spot receiving 32 points and the two remaining first-place votes. Wayne State University was slated at third, receiving 25 points. Ohio Dominican University was projected at four with 20 points while Tiffin University was projected at five, receiving 18 points. Walsh University rounded out the South in seventh with eight points.
Ferris State University was projected as the winner of the North, receiving 44 points including four first-place votes. Hillsdale College came in at number two with 41 points and two first-place votes. Grand Valley State University was just behind them in third with 40 points and two first-place votes. Saginaw Valley State University (33 points), Northern Michigan University (24 points), Michigan Tech University (21 points), Northwood University (14 points) and Lake Superior State University (seven points) rounded out the rest of the North.
The complete conference poll, along with video interviews from each coach and a conference-wide season preview, can be found on the GLIAC Media Day website.
A young Lake Erie College volleyball team looks to build off of the momentum built from the 2015 season in 2016. The Storm finished the 2015 season with a 9-20 overall record (2-15 GLIAC) under first-year Head Coach Kevin Foeman. Down the stretch, the Storm won three of their final six games, including a five set win over then South Division leading Ashland University.
Several key players return to the Storm including 2015 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Crystal Kedroske. Appearing in all 29 matches, Kedroske recorded 239 kills and 362 digs. Along with Kedroske are the other two team leaders in kills last season, junior Madison Russell and senior Leondra Barrett. Russell led the Storm with 265 kills while Barrett totaled 195. Barrett led the Storm with 60 blocks. Junior Bethany Fisher was fourth on the team last year with 186 kills. Sophomores Alexis Thomas and Courtney Stedman led the Storm in assists last year as freshman, tallying 517 and 303, respectively. Thomas was also second on the team with 225 kills. Junior Sidney Fletcher was third with 214 digs.
The Storm kick-off the season with the Clarion Invitational on September 3. They open up GLIAC play on September 16 against Walsh University.