Women’s Volleyball Ranked Number-One in AVCA Division III Pre-Season Top 25 Poll
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The defending national champion Calvin women’s volleyball team will enter the 2011 season as the number-one ranked team in Division III volleyball. The Knights are ranked number-one in the Division III Top 25 pre-season poll released by the American Volleyball Coaches Association late this afternoon. The Knights received 36 of a possible 37 first place votes. A year ago, Calvin captured its first-ever national title, defeating Emory University (Ga.) in four sets in the national final, finishing 32-4 overall. Emory University is ranked second in the pre-season Top 25 poll and garnered the other first place vote. Washington University (Mo.) - the 2009 national champion - is ranked third in the pre-season poll while Christopher Newport (NC) is ranked fourth and Wittenberg (Oh.) fifth.
Calvin is scheduled to open its 2011 season on September 2 at a tournament hosted by Thomas More College College (Ky.). Calvin is scheduled to face four teams during the regular season that are ranked in the pre-season Top 25 poll as the Knights will face fifth-ranked Wittenberg on September 16, 12th-ranked Heidelberg on September 17, 11th-ranked Carthage on October 14 and 15th-ranked Hope on September 28 and October 28.
Calvin’s 2011 pre-season outlook written by Calvin sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor can be found on-line at: 2011 Calvin Women’s Volleyball Outlook