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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Aug. 5, 2008

MIAA Volleyball Coaches Poll Released

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State volleyball is picked to finish seventh by the league's 11 head coaches as listed in the 2008 MIAA Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll released Tuesday. The Bearcats finished third in the East Division standings last year and sixth overall with a 6-7 mark in league play.

Two-time defending league champion Truman is predicted to make it three in a row. The Bulldogs earned five first-place votes and totaled 93 points overall. Truman has won six of the last eight MIAA championships.

Washburn earned two first-place votes, one fewer than Pittsburg State, but finished with 88 points compared to 84 for the Gorillas. The Lady Blues lost three starters from a team that advanced to the national semifinals a year ago.

Central Missouri made it four teams with a first-place tally and finished with 72 points. Emporia State rounded out the top five with 70 points and newcomer Nebraska-Omaha finished sixth in the balloting with 56 points.

The Bearcats return five of six starters and the primary libero from a team that finished 17-17 last season. Northwest opens its 2008 season Aug. 29-30 at a tournament in Omaha, Neb.

After using divisional play with the conference champion determined by a postseason tournament for the past two seasons, the MIAA will revert to a double round-robin schedule of 20 matches in 2008 to determine its champion. The tournament has been eliminated.

Among other changes in the sport of volleyball by the NCAA Volleyball Rules Committee are the use of set instead of game (a match is now best 3-of-5 sets), the number of points needed to win sets one through four has been reduced from 30 to 25 points, and the number of substitutions per set has been cut from 15 to 12.

The MIAA's region also has transformed - the conference is still in the South Central region, but the region includes the Lone Star and Heartland conferences to replace the Gulf South Conference and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association.


2008 MIAA Preseason Coaches' Poll

School Pts.
1. Truman (5)...................... 93

2. Washburn (2).................... 88
3. Pittsburg State (3)............. 84
4. Central Missouri (1)............ 72
5. Emporia State................... 70
6. Nebraska-Omaha.................. 56
7. NW Missouri State............... 41
8. Missouri Southern............... 34
9. Fort Hays State................. 32
10. Southwest Baptist............... 19
11. Missouri Western................ 16

Points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 bases.
Coaches could not vote for their own school


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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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