Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) volleyball team has been picked to finish second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), that according to the preseason coaches' poll released on Thursday.
UMD received one first-place vote in the poll, finishing second behind the six-time defending NCAA Division II champion Concordia-St. Paul. The Golden Bears received all 15 possible first-place votes, as coaches can not vote for their own team.
The Bulldogs finished the 2012 regular season with an overall record of (27-3) and qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament, where UMD beat Central Missouri before falling to Concordia St. Paul.
UMD will open the 2013 season on Sept. 6 at a tournament in Pensacola, Fla., with the Bulldogs' first home match coming on Sept. 17 against Michigan Tech.
Below are listed the full results from the 2013 NSIC preseason volleyball coaches' poll, with a team's respective first-place votes in parentheses.
2013 NSIC PRESEASON VOLLEYBALL COACHES' POLL
1. Concordia-St. Paul (15)
2. Minnesota-Duluth (1)
3. Southwest Minnesota State
4. Wayne State
6t. Winona State
8. Northern State
10. Upper Iowa
12. Sioux Falls
13. St. Cloud State
14. Bemidji State
15. Minot State
16. University of Mary