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Midland tops GPAC Preseason Coaches Volleyball Poll Northwestern Second Dordt Fourth

GPAC LogoNorthwestern College is second in the 2015 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) preseason coaches’ volleyball poll released Tuesday afternoon.

Northwestern, the two-time defending conference champion earned three first place votes and totaled 101 points, trailing only Midland, last year’s runner-up, in the preseason poll. Midland earned five first place votes and totaled 110 points. Hastings (100 points) is third, followed by Dordt (96) in the four spot and Concordia (89, 1 first place vote) to round out the top five.

The Red Raiders return seven letterwinners off a 2014 team that won both the GPAC regular and postseason titles. They finished 15-1 in the GPAC, 33-5 overall, losing to #5 Viterbo (Wis.) in the first round of the 12-team tournament at the NAIA National Championship. Northwestern finished the year ranked 10th in the final NAIA coaches’ poll.

2015 GPAC Preseason Volleyball Coaches’ Poll:
Place – Team – Pts (1st Place Votes)
1. Midland – 110 (5)
2. Northwestern – 101 (3)
3. Hastings – 100 (3)
4. Dordt – 96
5. Concordia – 89 (1)
6. Briar Cliff – 70
7. Nebraska Wesleyan – 55
8. Doane – 54
9. College of Saint Mary – 44
10. Morningside – 30
11. Mount Marty College – 25
12. Dakota Wesleyan – 18

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