Red Raiders Picked to Win GPAC Volleyball Title

By: Courtesy: Northwestern College Email
By: Courtesy: Northwestern College Email

Place

School

Points

First Place Votes

1.

Northwestern

121

11

2.

Morningside

101

 

3.

Doane

97

 

4.

Dordt

96

1

5.

Hastings

85

 

6.

Nebraska Wesleyan

68

 

7.

Midland Lutheran

55

 

8.

Briar Cliff

54

 

9.

Sioux Falls

49

 

10.

Concordia

32

 

11.

Dakota Wesleyan

23

 

12.

Mount Marty

11

The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) released its 2010 preseason coaches' poll and Northwestern is tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the conference championship. The Red Raiders, who finished a perfect 16-0 in conference play for the second straight year in 2009, totaled 121 points and 11 of 12 first place votes. They are followed by Morningside (101), Doane (97) and Dordt (96). The Defenders received the other first place vote.

Northwestern finished the 2009 season ranked third in the NAIA with a 36-3 overall record. Head coach Kyle Van Den Bosch, who will begin his sixth season with the Red Raiders, and his squad qualified for its fourth consecutive national tournament, reaching the quarterfinals for the third straight year before falling to Lee University (Tenn.). Northwestern will open the 2010 season at home on August 27-28 as they host the Red Raider Classic.


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