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UNK favorite in RMAC volleyball

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By The Staff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  — The University of Nebraska at Kearney is predicted to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference East Division and regular season titles in volleyball according to the league’s preseason coaches’ poll.

The Lopers, who are the five-time defending RMAC regular season champions, are led by Preseason Player of the Year Jeri Walkowiak (Grand Island, Neb.) and Preseason Setter of the Year Cola Svec (Elkhorn, Neb.).

Defending West Division champion Western New Mexico is picked to repeat; the Mustangs are predicted to finish fifth overall.

New Mexico Highlands, entering a second season under coach Jim Deisler, is picked to finish seventh in the West.

Metro State is expected to finish second in the RMAC East Division and second overall. Roadrunners senior Amy Watanabe (Littleton, Colo.) is the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Defending RMAC tournament champion Regis is third, followed by Colorado Mines. UCCS is next, then Chadron State and Colorado Christian.

In the West, Fort Lewis is No. 2, with Mesa State third and Adams State checking in at No. 4. Western State, CSU-Pueblo and Highlands round out the division.

The RMAC volleyball championships will be Nov. 12-14. Three weeks prior to the championships the top team in the league at that time with an acceptable bid will host the tournament. The top eight schools at the end of the regular season qualify for the RMAC tournament.

 

2009 RMAC Preseason

Volleyball Poll

East Division                                                                                               

1. (1st overall) Nebraska-Kearney (12 first-place votes), 14 points, 18-1 RMAC, 32-4 overall records in 2008

2. (2) Metro State (2), 32, 16-3,18-10

3. (3) Regis, 52, 12-7, 19-12

4. (4) Colorado Mines, 59, 12-7, 19-13

5. (8) UC-Colorado Springs, 97, 8-11, 13-15

6. (12) Chadron State, 144, 1-18, 3-26

7. (14) Colorado Christian, 158, 2-17, 7-27

West Division                                                           

1. (5) Western New Mexico, 61, 14-5, 20-8

2. (6) Fort Lewis, 69, 13-6, 18-10

3. (7) Mesa State, 71, 12-7, 16-13

4. (9) Adams State, 99, 11-8, 15-13

5. (10) Western State, 126, 9-10, 10-17

6. (11) CSU-Pueblo, 137, 3-16, 5-22

7. (13) N.M. Highlands, 156, 2-17, 8-20

Coaches ranked teams 1-13 (and could not vote for their own team).