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Women's Volleyball - Thu, Aug. 3, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Defending champion Grand View was selected to defend its championship when the Heart of America Athletic Conference released the 2017 women's volleyball coaches' preseason poll.

Grand View, which claimed both the Heart regular season and tournament championships in 2016, sits atop the preseason ratings by the league's 14 coaches in its third campaign as a conference member. MidAmerica Nazarene, which claimed a share of its fifth-straight regular season championship last season, was picked to finish second, while Missouri Valley, Peru State, and Central Methodist completed the top five, respectively.

Grand View will begin their 2017 season over the weekend of August 18-19 at the Viterbo Invitational in La Crosse, WI. They will face Carroll College at 3:30 pm in their first match. Complete 2017 season schedule. The Vikings return all conference selections junior middle blocker Courtney Twit, senior outside hitter Erin Wenzel, and junior outside hitter Kelsey Redmond

The first conference match of the 2017 campaign will be played one week later on Friday, August 25 when Benedictine travels to William Penn. The top 10 teams at the end of the regular season will qualify for the 2017 Heart Tournament. First round play will take include two matches on Thursday, November 2, while the championship match is slated for Saturday, November 11.

2017 Heart Women's Volleyball Coaches' Preseason Poll
1. Grand View
2. MidAmerica Nazarene
3. Missouri Valley
4. Peru State
5. Central Methodist
6. Baker
7. Mount Mercy
8. Evangel
9. Clarke
10. Graceland
11. Benedictine
12. Avila
13. Culver-Stockton
14. William Penn

W - Volleyball
Overall HAAC Streak
24-7 (.774) 15-0 (1.000) Won 4