BLUE DRAGON VOLLEYBALL STARTS AT NO. 19 IN NJCAA PRESEASON POLL
HCC Sports Information Tuesday, August 19, 2014 The two-time defending Region VI champion Hutchinson Community College volleyball team was ranked No. 19 in the NJCAA Division I Volleyball preseason poll released on Tuesday. Only one starter and two players overall return from last season's Jayhawk Conference co-championship and Region VI championship team that went 27-12 overall. Hutchinson is the only Jayhawk West team ranked in the Top 20. Colby, the team that HCC shared the 2013 West title with and then defeated in the Region VI championship match, is one of five teams receiving votes in the preseason poll. Hutchinson and Colby are picked 1-2 in the Jayhawk West Preseason Coaches' Poll released last week. The start of the 2014 regular season is Friday and Saturday for Hutchinson at the New Mexico Military Tournament in Roswell, N.M. Right off the bat, HCC will play a pair of teams in the preseason poll. HCC opens with No. 14 Odessa College and then meets No. 17 New Mexico Military on Friday. Hutchinson will close out the trip to New Mexico on Saturday with Yavapai College and South Mountain Community College. Five Blue Dragon opponents start the season ranked in Preseason Top 20. Hutchinson will play No. 3 College of Southern Idaho and No. 8 Salt Lake Community College in the CSI Invitational on Sept. 5-6 in Twin Falls, Idaho. Hutchinson will play No. 12 Missouri State University-West Plains twice in the West Plains Tournament and Jefferson College Tournament, both in October. This is the second-straight season that Hutchinson has started the season ranked in the NJCAA preseason poll. Last season the Blue Dragons opened at No. 11. HCC ended the season unranked, but still reached its seventh national tournament in program history.
2014 NJCAA DIVISION I PRESEASON VOLLEYBALL POLL 1. Blinn College 2. Iowa Western CC 3. College of Southern Idaho 4. Arizona Western College 5. Tyler Junior College 6. Western Wyoming CC 7. Western Nebraska CC 8. Salt Lake CC 9. Hillsborough CC 10. San Jacinto-Central 11. Lake Land CC 12. Missouri State University-West Plains 13. Central Florida CC 14. Odessa College 15. Hill College 16. Northeastern Junior College 17. New Mexico Military Institute 18. Wallace State CC 19. Hutchinson CC 20. Temple College