The Northwest Conference has come out with their preseason volleyball poll, which you can find here. Whitworth took 8 of the 9 first place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team) and finished with 72 points. Pacific Lutheran garnered the other first place vote and finished in second followed closely behind by Puget Sound. My ordering differs slightly in the 2nd and 3 tier of teams. You can find my predictions here.
Reminder that I have been posting some updates to my predictions as more rosters get published so go back and look for those if you like. In this conference, I had liked Pacific for the 4th spot but learned today that there best hitter from last year is not returning. That is a big blow and probably means a 6th place finish is more likely.
Here was the poll result:
|Rk.||Team (1st)||Pts.||2016 Rec. (NWC)|
|1.||Whitworth (8)||72||21-6 (15-1)|
|2.||Pacific Lutheran (1)||56||13-11 (11-5)|
|3.||Puget Sound||52||15-9 (10-6)|
|6.||Pacific (Ore.)||32||14-12 (8-8)|
|8.||Lewis & Clark||18||5-18 (4-12)|
|9.||George Fox||9||4-20 (2-14)|
(Points awarded on an 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Coaches could not vote for their own teams.)