And we’re running again.
Soccer, volleyball and football teams are hard at it. The timeline has volleyball and soccer setting rosters early next week with competition for the volleyball team one week from today with the soccer and football teams getting scrimmages in before they open play over Labor Day weekend.
No surprises yet…..
Pre-season polls have been released for the upcoming seasons in women’s soccer, men’s soccer, football and volleyball.
Now, if you’re a careful follower of the polls, you’ll have some questions.
Namely, where are the GPAC teams in a pair of them?
Let’s start with the football poll, the first of the four released.
St. Xavier, a team out of the Chicago area, is the number one team, gathering all 11 first place votes. Morningside is the top-GPAC team at eight and Northwestern starts the season at 10. Doane is ranked 21st and Hastings is receiving votes,
In women’s soccer Lee (Tenn.) is the top team in the pre-season balloting with 20 first place votes. Hastings is the only team from the GPAC in the top-25 poll at 12.
The men’s soccer poll would have had Hastings in top-five most assuredly, but due to a ballot going in after the set deadline the Broncos will need to wait until the first regular season poll on September 4. Lindsey Wilson (Kentucky) holds the number one spot as they have a total of 37 times before.
The volleyball poll also is vacant of GPAC teams for the same reason listed above. By the time the next poll is released on September 4 teams may have 8-12 matches played. As it stands right now the Scorpions from Texas-Brownsville is number one. Five teams in the first poll (Columbia, Taylor, Grand View, Kansas Wesleyan and Bellevue) are on the Dordt Defenders volleyball schedule.