MLC Fourth in UMAC Preseason Volleyball Poll
ST. PAUL - The MLC volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll released by the UMAC Monday.
MLC finished last season with a record of 18-13 overall, and took third place in the UMAC with a conference record of 10-4.
The Knights return ten players with experience from last season, led by 2011 First Team All-UMAC performers Rachel Hein and Rebecca Engelbrecht. Hein led the team with 123 blocks from her middle hitter position, and also tied for the team lead in kills with 232, while Engelbrecht came on strong as the season progressed and finished the season with a team-best 2.89 kills per game in 2011. Joining them up front will be returning players Rachel Larson and Heather Danell, each looking to help fill the void left by departed seniors Emily Boldt and Katelyn Hauf.
Also returning this season will be 2011 co-Rookie of the Year in the UMAC Miranda Maasz, who finished last season with 949 assists and 265 digs.
In the back row, senior Jennifer Draeger returns at libero after leading the team with 364 digs last season, while sophomores MacCartney Mendolla and Alex Anthon also return after strong freshman campaigns in 2011.
Northwestern finished first in the preseason poll with 48 total points and six out of a possible seven first place votes. St. Scholastica finished second with 42 points and two first place votes, while Minnesota, Morris took third with 38 points.
For the full release of the preseason poll from the conference, click on the link below.