2017 D3 Volleyball Preview: Calvin sits atop Preseason Poll

The Calvin volleyball team will step on the floor to start the 2017 season as the top-ranked team in the nation, according to the preseason Division III Top-25 poll released by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

With 62 of the possible 63 first-place votes, the Knights tallied 1,573 total points. Emory ranked second with a total of 1, 395 points, with Washington-St. Louis coming in the third spot with 1,358 points.

The Knights are set to face seven team that are ranked in the AVCA Top-25.

Among those, 15th-ranked Hope is on the schedule twice and they will square off with 23rd ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh, No. 14 Trinity and sixth-ranked Cal Lutheran in Texas.

Calvin finished the season with a 33-1 record last season capturing the team’s third national title in seven seasons. Head coach Amber Warners has led the Knights to national titles in 2010 and 2013, as well as a trip to the national final in 2012.

2016 National Champion Calvin Knights (Photo courtesy Calvin Athletics)

Two key players return for the Knights, both having earned 2016 AVCA Division III All-American accolades. Junior outside hitter Anna Kamp was tabbed a First-Team member, while senior setter Jenna Lodewyk was named to the Second Team.

Calvin will open the season on September 1st, travelling to Texas for the two-day Trinity National Invitational.

The Remaining AVCA Top-25



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