The upperclasswoman trio of senior outside hitter Haley Duncan (Albion, Ind.), senior middle hitter Hannah Tevis (Royal Center, Ind.) and junior defensive specialist/libero Anna Marie Lawrie (Indianapolis, Ind.) headlined Manchester University's standing on the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference volleyball coaches' preseason poll, released Friday, August 10.
Duncan, a returning all-conference selection from last season; Lawrie; and Tevis were each listed on the "Players to Watch" section. The Spartans earned 30 ranking points, good for eighth place. Three-time defending champion Hanover College was tabbed as the preseason favorite with Transylvania University a close second.
The Black and Gold open the 2018 season at the Lake Forest College of Illinois tournament Friday and Saturday, August 31-September 1.