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UMD, Concordia-St. Paul Tied For 2nd in NSIC Preseason VB Poll

WDIO Sports
Updated: August 12, 2019 06:49 PM

Duluth, Minn. - University of Minnesota Duluth captured a share of the 2018 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference volleyball championship one year ago, but the league coaches don't quite see a repeat in the cards for the Bulldogs - at least according to their annual preseason poll, which was released today.

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The Bulldogs shared the No. 2 spot with Concordia University-St. Paul while Northern State University, who were NSIC regular season co-champions along with the Bulldogs, secured the top position. UMD accrued 203 points and four-first place vote to trail the Wolves (209 points and six first-place votes). Concordia-St. Paul (203 points) got five first-place votes and was followed by Wayne State College (178 pts.) and Southwest Minnesota State University (170 pts. and the remaining first-place vote).

To see the entire poll, click here.

The Bulldogs return four starters (all seniors) and 12 letterwinners from last year's club that went 28-6 overall and made it to the NCAA central regional semi-final before bowing out to eventual central regional champion Washburn University. Headlining the list of holdovers is 2019 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division All-American setter Emily (Torve) Balts. Also back is NSIC first team outside hitter Kate Berg, as well as a pair of 2018 NSIC second team honorees in middle blocker Abby Thor and right side hitter Hanna Meyer. Another senior, libero Keena Seiffert, is also back.

UMD will launch its 2019 season in Palm Beach, Fla. on Sept. 6-7 when it competes in the Palm Beach Atlantic Tournament.

To see the full schedule, click here.

(Contributions from UMD Athletics.)

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