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BAY CITY, Mich. – If the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll is any indication, it appears the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) race will be another hard-fought battle from start to finish – where every match will hold great meaning.

In the preseason AVCA national poll, defending GLIAC Tournament and regular-season South Division champion Hillsdale College is tied for 10th while Ferris, the defending regular-season champion, is ranked 14th in the nation.

The GLIAC race figures to feature tough battles nearly every time out in one of the nation’s premier Division II volleyball conference. In addition to the preseason national rankings for the Chargers and Bulldogs, Grand Valley State was listed among “Others Receiving Votes” in the poll released on Aug. 14.  

In the preseason GLIAC poll, the coaches tabbed Ferris State University to win the 2012 GLIAC title, outdistancing second-place Hillsdale College by a 211-193 tally.  The Bulldogs garnered 10 first-place votes while the Chargers earned just three.

GLIAC volleyball teams open play on Friday, Aug. 31 with conference play beginning Sunday, Sept. 30.  The 2012 GLIAC Volleyball Tournament will begin with quarterfinals on Nov. 14 on campus sites, with the semifinals and final held on Nov. 17-18 on the campus of the No. 1 seed.

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2012 GLIAC Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll

School (first-place votes) Points
1. Ferris State (10) 211
2. Hillsdale (3) 193
3. Grand Valley State (1) 176
4. Saginaw Valley State (1) 173
5. Wayne St.  168
6. Ashland  167
7. Northwood  156
8. Northern Mich  152
9. Findlay  115
10. Ohio Dominican  93
11. Lake Superior  75
12. Tiffin  73
13. Walsh 54
14. Malone  45
15. Michigan Tech  43
16. Lake Erie  25

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Release by: Jeff Ligney, GLIAC

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