KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 2017 Heart of America Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll was released Thursday as Evangel volleyball was tabbed to finish eighth.
The Crusaders were picked eighth after finishing seventh last season. Defending regular season and tournament champion Grand View was picked to repeat after going 31-8. 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.
The Crusaders are looking for a return trip to the national tournament after finishing 20-15 last season and 7-6 in the Heart.
2017 Heart Women's Volleyball Coaches' Preseason Poll
1. Grand View
2. MidAmerica Nazarene
3. Missouri Valley
4. Peru State
5. Central Methodist
7. Mount Mercy
14. William Penn