GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Gallaudet University finds itself in a position they haven't been in for the past the three seasons. The Bison were picked No. 2 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) women's volleyball preseason coaches poll released Wednesday. The seven-time NEAC champions tallied three first-place votes and 109 points in the 12-team preseason poll.
GU had been the preseason favorite to claim the NEAC title since the coaches preseason poll debuted four years ago. The Bison were dethroned last year by Morrisville State in the conference championship to end Gallaudet's reign at seven straight championships.
The Mustangs were this year's preseason No. 1 team ranked by the NEAC coaches. Morrisville State earned nine first-place votes and 118 points.
Gallaudet finished last season with a 18-16 record and 7-2 mark in conference play and reached the conference championship for an eighth straight year.
Wells College was third with 99 points followed by Penn St.-Berks (84) and Lancaster Bible (83) to round out the top five spots.
GU begins its season on Friday, Aug. 31, on the road at the annual Battlefield Classic in Gettysburg, Pa. The Bison have kicked off their schedule at the Battlefield Classic for the past nine seasons. GU will go up against Gettysburg College, Messiah College, McDaniel College and Penn St.-Altoona.
2018 NEAC Women's Volleyball Preseason Poll
- Morrisville St. (9)
- GALLAUDET (3)
- Penn St.-Berks
- Lancaster Bible
- SUNY Poly
- Penn St.-Abington
- St. Elizabeth
- SUNY Cobleskill
- Penn College
( ) = First-place votes
The preseason poll rankings were conducted by the NEAC women's volleyball coaches, with each coach ranking out all teams but their own using a staggered points system (11 points for a first-place vote, 10 points for second, etc.). No self-voting was allowed. This is the fourth year the NEAC has held preseason polls.