NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Manchester University was tabbed sixth on the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's preseason volleyball coaches' poll, released Friday, Aug. 11.
The Black and Gold, going into the season harboring back-to-back HCAC postseason tournament appearances, received 59 points, leaving them just six points behind Rose-Hulman and a spot in the top four. Two-time defending champion Hanover College topped the list with 98 points and eight first-place votes while perennial league power Bluffton University stood second (82 points – two first-place votes).
Coach Bryndon Paulsen's squad had five individuals noted in the Players to Watch section. They were junior setter Dakota Stanichuk (Troy, Mich.); junior middle hitter Hannah Tevis (Royal Center, Ind.); junior right side hitter Haley Duncan (Albion, Ind.); sophomore outside hitter Emma DeWitt (Brookston, Ind.) and sophomore libero Anna Marie Lawrie (Indianapolis, Ind.).
Manchester University begins its 2017 season at the Lake Forest College of Illinois tournament Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1 and 2.