Golden Suns once again preseason favorites in GAC volleyball

The Great American Conference coaches have picked Arkansas Tech to be at the top of the standings in volleyball again this year.

This marks the third consecutive year and fifth time in the six years of the GAC preseason volleyball poll in which the Golden Suns have been tabbed the favorite to win the league.ATUGoldenBoys4x6Gradient

It seems appropriate as ATU has won the regular season title the last two years and three times in the last five. The Golden Suns received 116 points and seven first-place votes.

Oklahoma Baptist garnered 106 points and a first-place vote in the poll. The Lady Bison finished 14-2 in league play in 2015, good enough for second place in the GAC, although they were ineligible for Division II postseason play due to the transition process from the NAIA.

Defending GAC tournament champion Southwestern came in third in the voting with 103 points also picked up two first-place votes.

The remaining two first-place votes went to Southern Nazarene. The Crimson Storm were third in the conference standings in 2015.

2016 GAC preseason volleyball coaches’ poll

Rank Team Points (First-place votes)
1. Arkansas Tech 116 (7)
2. Oklahoma Baptist 106 (1)
3. Southwestern Oklahoma 103 (2)
4. Southern Nazarene 96 (2)
5. Harding 76
6. Southern Arkansas 66
7. Northwestern Oklahoma 61
8. Ouachita 54
9. Southeastern Oklahoma 42
10. Henderson State 31
11. Arkansas-Monticello 24
12. East Central 18

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