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Wittenberg No. 1 Pick in 2019 NCAC Volleyball Poll

Wittenberg volleyball is the 2019 NCAC preseason favorite after receiving eight of the possible nine first-place votes and 80 total points.
Wittenberg volleyball is the 2019 NCAC preseason favorite after receiving eight of the possible nine first-place votes and 80 total points.

NCAC Release

CLEVELAND, OH – The Wittenberg women’s volleyball team was tabbed first in the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) preseason coaches’ poll, released Wednesday, Aug. 28. The 24-time conference champions received eight of the possible nine first-place votes and 80 points overall according to balloting of the league’s coaches.

Second place went to DePauw who received the final first-place vote and 71 total points. Hiram ranked third with 59 points while Ohio Wesleyan was tabbed fourth (54) and Denison rounded out the top five with 42 points. Sixth went to Kenyon (41) while Oberlin (23) was slotted seventh, Wooster (20) eighth and Allegheny (14) ninth.

Wittenberg has won or shared 13 consecutive NCAC titles dating back to 2006, including eight-straight outright titles. Head coach Evelyn Carus returns two all-conference members from a 2018 team that went 25-3 overall and won both the NCAC title and conference tournament title. Senior middle blocker Aubrey Cox (Tipp City, OH/Tippecanoe) returns as a three-time All-NCAC first-team selection, owning a life-time .345 hitting percentage, while compiling 640 kills and 278 blocks. Also returning is 2018 honorable-mention selection, senior defensive specialist Taylor Yontz (Springfield, OH/Shawnee). Yontz has accumulated 1,267 digs in three seasons as a Tiger, including back-to-back campaigns of 500-plus digs.

The 2019 volleyball season begins Friday, Aug. 30, with all nine conference teams competing in season-opening tournaments, while the first NCAC matchup will take place on Sept. 24 between Wooster and Oberlin.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of ten academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

 

2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

1.

Wittenberg (8)

80

2.

DePauw (1)

71

3.

Hiram

59

4.

Ohio Wesleyan

54

5.

Denison

42

6.

Kenyon

41

7.

Oberlin

23

8.

Wooster

20

9.

Allegheny

14