The Lewis-Clark State College volleyball team has been picked to finish second in the Frontier Conference according to the preseason coaches’ poll released by the league office on Friday.
The Warriors went 16-10 last season with an 11-4 mark in league play en route to their sixth consecutive Frontier Conference regular season title.
Carroll College was picked as the favorite after going 25-12 and winning the conference tournament. Carroll received five first-place votes, LCSC had three, and Rocky Mountain College had one.
The Warriors look poised to make a run at a seventh straight season title having added four strong recruits to a roster which returns all but three starters.
Niurka Toribio, Treneisha Doyle and Keisha Luebbert-Kennedy headline the list of returners. Toribio was named the Frontier Newcomer of the Year and also earned all-conference first team honors last season, Doyle made the conference’s first team and all-freshman squads, and Luebbert-Kennedy earned all-freshman honors as well.
The Warriors will unofficially open their season on Saturday, Aug. 17, with a match against an LCSC alumni squad at 5 p.m. The contest will be played at the LCSC Activity Center and is free and open to the public.
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams in the poll. First place was worth eight points, second place seven points, third place six points, and so on down the line.
School (first place votes) Points
Carroll College (5) 60
Lewis-Clark State (3) 57
Rocky Mountain (1) 48
Montana State-Northern 41
Westminster College 35
University of Great Falls 33
Montana Tech 27
Montana Western 15
Dickinson State 8