2017 GLIAC Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll

2017 Volleyball Overview

The 2017 version of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) volleyball will be headlined by Ferris State making an attempt at four consecutive league titles. However, the Bulldogs will have to replace four-year starting setter and All-America honoree Stephanie Sikorski. FSU enters the new campaign as the league favorites - including all possible first-place votes - and will look to sophomore sensation Allyson Cappel who garnered AVCA All-America accolades and GLIAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2016.

Ashland (98 points) was voted second overall and the top team in the South Division eding out Grand Valley State (97 points) by a single point. The Eagles will have to replace a pair of reliable outside hitters in Alli Cudworth and Casey Clark with promising sophomore outside hitter Shelby Woycik and junior setter Kayla Pfeiffer. GVSU looks to build momentum as the Lakers bring back 16 letterwinners and its entire starting lineup from one year ago. Junior middle blocker Staci Brower is a two-time First Team All-GLIAC selection, while sophomore attacker Jayci Suseland and senior setter Katie Olsen give the GVSU squad a solid foundation for a title run.

Checking in at fourth overall and the third program in the South Division are the Wayne State Warriors (93 points) who are coming off their best season since 1999. A solid group of returning starters include junior Hailey Richardson and senior Michelle Asiedu give head coach Tim Koth's crew promise for another postseason push but will have to replace setter Brittany Guldan. Saginaw Valley State (82 points) was voted fifth overall and No. 2 in the North coming off of consecutive 20-win campaigns and a NCAA postseason victory. SVSU welcomes back three starters, including outside hitters Tamara Heller and McKenzie Schuster along with libero Emily Nieman.

Michigan Tech (No. 6 GLIAC, No. 3 North) look for a breakthrough season with 13 returnees in 2017 after consecutive winning seasons and finishing No. 10 in the region last season. Matt Jennings' squad will rely on the senior leadership of Elle Heinonen, Stephanie Deitrich, and Lauren Emmert to key the momentum along with a favorable travel schedule for the well-traveled Huskies which features 13 matches in Houghton. Northern Michigan (66 points) welcomes first-year head coach Mike Lozier who will run the offense through Kayla Chosa and Madison Whitehead.

Tiffin (50 points), Northwood (40), Davenport (33), Lake Superior State (20) and Purdue Northwest (16) round out the preseason poll rankings.
The new season begins on Thursday, August 31st with the first serve of league action scheduled for Friday, September 15th. The 2017 GLIAC Volleyball Tournament will start on Tuesday, November 15th with quarterfinal action and conclude with semifinal and championship matches on November 18th and 19th at the highest remaining seed. 

North Division

#1 Ferris State 121 Points, 11 First-Place Votes

#2 Saginaw Valley State 82 Points

#3 Michigan Tech 76 Points

#4 Northern Michigan 66 Points

#5 Northwood 40 Points

#6 Lake Superior State 20 Points

South Division

#1 Ashland 98 points

#2 Grand Valley State 97 points, 1 First-Place Vote

#3 Wayne State 93 Points

#4 Tiffin 50 Points

#5 Davenport 33 Points

#6 Purdue Northwest 16 Points