NEW HAVEN, Conn. (August 11, 2017) -- Caldwell University and Jefferson were tabbed first in the North and South Division, respectively, according to the 2017 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll, as announced on Friday by Commissioner Dan Mara. The voting for the poll was conducted by the league's 14 head coaches in the sport.
Jefferson topped the South Division in the voting with a mark of 86 points and 11 first-place votes. The Rams will enter the 2017 campaign as the defending conference champion, as they defeated Caldwell in the 2016 CACC Championship Final. The Cougars topped the North Division in the preseason poll with a total of 93 points and nine first-place nods.
Caldwell advanced to last season's championship final by knocking off then two-time defending league champion Post University in the semifinals. Post was ranked second in the North in this year's poll, as the Eagles logged 88 points and five first-place votes.
On the South side, Holy Family University rounded out the top two in the preseason standings by placing second with 73 points.
The 2017 season begins on Thursday, Aug. 31, as several programs will be in action that day. The regular season will be a buildup to the 2017 CACC Championship Tournament, which will be held Nov. 14, 18-19. The quarterfinals will be held on Tuesday the 14th, followed by the semifinals and final on Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th. The semis and final will be held at Wilmington University in Delaware.
2017 CACC VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Caldwell University 93 (9)
2. Post University 88 (5)
3. Bloomfield College 59
4. Nyack College 56
5. Dominican College 44
6. Concordia College 31
7. Felician University 20
1. Jefferson 86 (11)
2. Holy Family University 73
3. Georgian Court University 64 (1)
T4. Chestnut Hill College 54
T4. Wilmington University 54 (2)
6. Goldey-Beacom College 37
7. University of the Sciences 24
() - First-Place Votes in Parenthesis
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Thomas Jefferson University, Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.