UMD EXPECTED TO CONTEND FOR ANOTHER NSIC TITLE IN 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Less than 100 hours away from the start of fall practice (set to begin Monday, Aug. 13), the University of Minnesota Duluth learned a little about what will be expected of the perennially competitive Bulldogs in 2012. UMD was picked to finish second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference behind five-time defending NCAA II champion Concordia University-St. Paul in the annual preseason coaches' poll, released Thursday.
Concordia-St. Paul is slated atop the league's preseason rankings for the ninth consecutive season with 225 points and all 15 possible first-place votes (coaches cannot vote for their own team). UMD received 202 points, narrowly edging Southwest Minnesota State (200 points) for position immediately behind the Golden Bears. Wayne state, the Bulldogs' quarterfinal opponent in the 2011 NCAA Central Regional, rounded out the top four with 183 points.
UMD blitzed to an 18-0 start in conference play a year ago, but lost its final two regular season matches to force a share of the NSIC crown with Concordia-St. Paul on identical 18-2 league records. With the addition of two schools to the conference (University of Sioux Falls and Minot State University) the 2012 NSIC regular season champion will again be determined by a 20-game conference schedule. At the end of the regular season the top eight teams will play in the single-elimination NSIC Volleyball Tournament Nov. 16-18, with all matches to be hosted by the league's No. 1 seed.
Return to all news.