KCAC releases 2020 preseason volleyball poll

KCAC Communications

WICHITA — Ottawa University has been selected as the top preseason volleyball program within the KCAC for 2020 by Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference coaches.

The Braves went 20-14 in the regular season in 2019, including a 9-3 mark in KCAC play. Ottawa then defeated Friends, Oklahoma Wesleyan, and No. 1 seed Saint Mary to win the 2019 KCAC Volleyball Championship tournament. They defeated Brescia (Ky.) to advance to the NAIA Volleyball National Championship final site, but then went 0-3 in pool play. Ayona Tharps, the 2019 KCAC Volleyball Player of the Year, returns to lead the Braves, along with fellow 2019 first-team All-KCAC member Ryleigh Burdick.

Ottawa received 138 total points, picking up 10 of a possible 13 first-place votes in the process. Saint Mary was not far behind, tallying 131 total points and two first-place votes. Bethany was voted third, accumulating 115 total points, and Kansas Wesleyan rounded out the top four, earning 113 total points and receiving the final first-place votes.

2020 KCAC Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank Institution Total Points First-Place Votes
1 Ottawa University 138 10
2 University of Saint Mary 131 2
3 Bethany College 115
4 Kansas Wesleyan University 113 1
5 McPherson College 104
6 Friends University 88
7 Southwestern College 81
8 Tabor College 65
9 Sterling College 56
10 Oklahoma Wesleyan University 53
11 Avila University 32
12 York College 21
13 Bethel College 17

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