Washburn volleyball picked third in MIAA poll

Chris Herron’s Washburn volleyball team was picked third in the MIAA preseason poll. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)

The Washburn volleyball team was tabbed third in the MIAA preseason coaches poll released Tuesday, receiving one first-place vote.

 

Nebraska-Kearney was picked first with 10 first-place votes, while Central Oklahoma was second with Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri rounding out the top five.

Washburn went 28-6 overall and 16-2 in the MIAA last season and finished No. 13 in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, despite being left out of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.

The Ichabods will have to replace three All-Americans and first-team All-MIAA performers — Alyssa Carney, Sarah Vicory and Leanna Willer. WU also lost second-team All-MIAA setter Natalie Bates.

WU’s returners are led by junior Makayla Maxwell, an honorable mention all-conference pick at middle hitter.

Ichabods coach Chris Herron enters his 16th season at Washburn with a 453-84 record.

The Bods will open the season in the Washburn Invitational on Sept. 1 against Arkansas Tech and East Central.

Emporia State was picked eighth in the poll after going 15-18 overall and 7-11 in conference play last year.

WU BASKETBALL RANKS HIGH IN D-II ATTENDANCE: The Washburn men’s basketball team had an average attendance of 1,965 per game last season, ranking sixth in NCAA Division II.

The Washburn women’s basketball team also came in sixth in D-II, averaging 1,468 fans a game.

The Washburn men’s team ranked second in the MIAA in attendance, trailing only Fort Hays State, which averaged 2,557 fans per game.

The Emporia State women ranked fourth in the nation and led the MIAA with 1,866 fans per game. Washburn was second in the conference in attendance.

The MIAA led the nation in men’s and women’s basketball attendance, averaging 1,307 on the men’s side and 1,095 in women’s games.

2017 MIAA volleyball preseason coaches poll

1. Nebraska-Kearney (10) 120

2. Central Oklahoma (1) 105

3. Washburn (1) 101

4. Central Missouri 98

5. Northwest Missouri 77

6. Fort Hays State 62

7. Missouri Western 57

8. Emporia State 55

9. Lindenwood 49

10. Pittsburg State 35

11. Missouri Southern 18

12. Southwest Baptist 15

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