GPAC preseason soccer and volleyball polls revealed

GPAC preseason soccer and volleyball polls revealed

The Great Plains Athletic Conference released three more preseason coaches’ polls between Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of the fall athletic season.

After tying Dakota Wesleyan for fourth in the conference last season, Concordia’s women’s soccer team is expected by coaches to do the same in 2012. The Bulldogs earned 67 points in the coaches’ poll, equaling the Tigers’ total in Tuesday’s announcement.

With the return of defenders Kyleah Bowder and Emily Fleming and forward Jordan Donohoue, head coach Lisa White has a solid nucleus of talent. The trio hopes for another chance at a run to the GPAC semifinals where it lost 3-1 to then-No. 12 Hastings to end last season. They will begin their quest with their first official game on Aug. 20 at Benedictine (Kan.).

Defending GPAC champion Hastings grabbed the top spot in the poll with 100 points and 10 of the 11 first-place votes.

On the men’s side, GPAC coaches also slotted Jason Weides’ club in a tie for fourth with Dakota Wesleyan as each gathered 71 points. Weides’ Bulldogs, who tied for fifth in the league last season, have their eyes on an appearance in the GPAC Championship game in 2012.

They return last season’s most prolific goal-scorer in junior forward Nathan Douglas (11 goals) and bring back senior Aaron Skipworth, who needs three goals to become the school’s career leader. Douglas and company begin play Aug. 24 at William Penn (Iowa) at 7 p.m.

Hasting also took top billing in the men’s poll after winning the conference with a perfect 10-0-0 league mark last season. The Broncos reeled in 10 of 11 first-place votes and 100 points.

Head volleyball coach Scott Mattera’s first Bulldog squad has been pegged to finish in ninth place by league coaches after garnering 28 points in the poll. Concordia held down that same spot in the final 2011 standings as Rachel Miller finished up her seventh and final season at the helm of the program.

Mattera will look to seniors Amanda Kisker (team-high 315 kills in 2011) and Kim Miller and a battle-tested sophomore class in an effort to begin the team’s climb back up the standings. The Kisker-led Bulldogs start their season Aug. 31 with a pair of matches that day at the Bellevue Labor Day Tournament.

Doane, conference runner up in 2011, was placed atop the volleyball poll with 94 points and six-first place votes. Midland, Northwestern, Hastings and Morningside also received at least one first-place nod.

Complete previews for all Concordia fall athletic teams will be coming soon.


2012 GPAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Hastings – 100 points (10)
2. Midland – 86
3. Doane – 85 (1)
T4. Concordia – 67
T4. Dakota Wesleyan – 67
6. Dordt – 56
7. Morningside – 47
8. Briar Cliff – 31
9. Nebraska Wesleyan – 31
10. Northwestern – 26
11. Mount Marty – 10


2012 GPAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Hastings – 100 points (10)
2. Midland – 80 (1)
3. Northwestern – 78
T4. Concordia – 71
T4. Dakota Wesleyan – 71
T6. Doane – 45
T6. Dordt – 45
8. Morningside – 39
9. Briar Cliff – 37
10. Nebraska Wesleyan – 29
11. Mount Marty – 11


2012 GPAC Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll

(first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Doane – 94 points (6)
2. Midland – 81 (2)
3. Northwestern – 77 (1)
4. Hastings – 70 (1)
T5. Morningside – 69 (1)
T5. Dordt – 69
7. Nebraska Wesleyan – 45
8. Briar Cliff – 43
9. Concordia – 28
10. Dakota Wesleyan – 16
11. Mount Marty – 13

7 August 2012