Vikings ranked seventh in UMAC Preseason Volleyball Poll

In 2015, the Bethany volleyball team finished the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference season in a tie for sixth place and did not qualify for the postseason tournament. In the recent UMAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the Vikings are tabbed to finish seventh during the 2016 season.

Once again, the Northwestern Eagles are atop the UMAC poll after making a run to the
NCAA Regional final in 2015. The Eagles earned all eight first place votes from the other teams in the UMAC, with the last first place vote going to the St. Scholastica Saints. The University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets and St. Scholastica were ranked just three points apart for the second and third place rankings with UW-Superior holding the upper hand.

The Vikings look to build upon a 5-20 record (2-6 UMAC) last year with a young team with many returning pieces to the line-up. The Vikings lost no seniors and have 11 new players joining the team this year to help steer the program to a successful season. The Vikings will look to the returning experience, along with some young players to try to steer the Vikings into the UMAC playoff race.

2016 UMAC Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Northwestern – 64 points (8 First Place Votes)
Wisconsin-Superior – 53 points
St. Scholastica – 50 points (1 First Place Vote)
Martin Luther – 42 points
Minnesota Morris – 41 points
North Central – 25 points
Bethany Lutheran – 23 points
Northland – 15 points
Crown – 11 points

2015 Season for Bethany
2-6 UMAC, 5-20 Overall | T-6th
Starters returning: 3
Starters lost: 3

Top Returners
– Kristen Mielke, Sr., MB | 220 kills, 2.68 kills/set |
– Jasmine Carlson, So., DS/L
– Alannah Menk, So., OH | 60 kills in 30 sets played, 2.00 kills/set |

Top Losses
– Alex Hansen, OH | 170 k, 2.05 kills/set |
– Sarah Haynes, OP | 104 k, 1.44 kills/set |
– Ali Grejtak, S | 562 assts, 7.49 assts/set |

Need to Know:
– The Vikings non-conference schedule includes six matches against MIAC schools.
– The first match at home is against Buena Vista, who finished third in the IIAC a season ago.
– Kristin Mielke is the lone senior on the Vikings 2016 roster.

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