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BAY CITY, Mich.—The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) unveiled its annual Preseason Volleyball Coaches Poll Thursday (Aug. 13).
The Storm was slated at eighth in the South Division.
The University of Findlay was selected to win the South Division, receiving 44 total votes, including three first-place tallies. Ashland University was tabbed at second, also receiving 44 total votes but only two-first-place votes. Hillsdale College also received three-first place votes to finish in third with 40 points. Ohio Dominican (31), Malone University (24), Tiffin University (21) and Walsh University (12) round out the rest of the South.
Ferris State University was voted on to win the North Division, receiving 47 total votes and five first-place tallies. Grand Valley State University received 44 total votes and three first-place votes to be placed in the second slot.
The complete conference poll, along with video interviews from each coach and a conference-wide season preview, can be found on the GLIAC Media Day website.
This season, the Storm looks to reach new heights in the GLIAC this year under first-year Head Coach Kevin Foeman. Foeman joined the Storm this past offseason after a successful stint as an Assistant Coach at Hillsdale College.
The Storm return several key players from last season, including All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Asya Hobbs. Hobbs accumulated 223 digs and 213 kills in her freshman campaign. Offensively, the Storm also returns sophomore Madison Russell, who was third on the team with 145 kills. Senior Mikaela Lengal and sophomore Bethany Fisher accounted for 232 kills last season.
Defensively, the Storm returns senior Kathryn Ferry, who collected 221 digs (3.40 per set) last season. Sophomore Sidney Fletcher also topped the 200 digs mark with 212. Senior Mallory Gustincic tallied 181 assists last year, averaging 4.41 per set.