Texas Baptist, Hardin-Simmons Favorite Choices for Volleyball Crowns
August 22, 2006
RICHARDSON, Texas East Texas Baptist University and Hardin-Simmons University have been predicted to win the American Southwest Conference East and West Division volleyball titles, respectively, after a vote of the leagues 14 head coaches and sports information directors, the conference office announced on Tuesday.
ETBU, which finished 24-10 overall and 15-3 in league play last season, became the favorite after 2005 East champion and NCAA Division III national tournament participant Austin College left the conference. The Lady Tigers, who have a current streak of five straight appearances in the ASC championship tournament, picked up nine first-place votes and 66 points eight more marks than University of Texas at Dallas, which grabbed three top-spot votes.
With 48 points, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor was picked to finish third in its move over from the West and was followed by University of Texas at Tyler (44 pts.), Mississippi College (26 pts.) and LeTourneau University (15 pts.).
ASC championship tournament finalist Hardin-Simmons tallied 95 points and all but two first-place votes, which went the way of Texas Lutheran University (82 pts.). The Cowgirls, who broke the Bulldogs string of three straight West crowns in 2005, return from a 19-11, 17-3 season in which they received their first taste of the postseason.
Selected after TLU in the seven-team division was McMurry University (68 pts.) and Sul Ross State University (53 pts.). Concordia University at Austin (37 pts.), Schreiner University (30 pts.) and Howard Payne University (27 pts.) rounded out the Wests predicted order.
ASC volleyball teams may begin the 2006 season as early as September 1. The six-team conference championship tournament is slated for November 3-4 at the site of the West Division champion. The ASC tourney winner earns a berth in the NCAA Division III Womens Volleyball Championship.
2006 PRESEASON VOLLEYBALL HEAD COACHES/SIDs POLL
*2005 East Division champion Austin College (35-2,
17-1 ASC) is no longer a member of the conference
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