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LWC Volleyball favorites once again to win MSC title

By Kyle Jackson

Lindsey Wilson volleyball is the favorite to capture the Mid-South Conference regular-season title this season, conference officials announced on Friday with the release of the preseason coaches' poll.

The Blue Raiders received 121 voting points from the conference coaches and 11 of 12 first-place votes. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Lindsey Wilson is the defending regular-season and tournament champions, compiling a 22-5 overall record and a 14-2 record in the conference last season. The Blue Raiders reached the Pool Play Round in the NAIA National Championship.

The Blue Raiders have dominated the MSC in recent history, winning the last eight regular-season crowns. LWC boasts an impressive 123-9 regular-season record in the Mid-South Conference over the last seven seasons.

Life (GA) is slotted second in the poll with 109 points. The Running Eagles earned the final first-place vote in the poll after finishing 28-10 and 11-5 in the Mid-South Conference last season.

Georgetown (KY) is third in the poll with 99 voting points. The Tigers ended last season with a 15-7 record, including an 11-5 record in the Mid-South Conference and an appearance in the tournament final last season.

Campbellsville (KY) is picked fourth in the poll with 89 points followed by Tennessee Southern with 74 points. Shawnee State (Ohio) is slotted sixth in the poll with 64 points, Cumberland (TN) is right behind with 59 points and Cumberlands (KY) comes in at eighth after earning 50 points.

Thomas More (KY) and Bethel (TN) are ninth and 10th in the poll with 48 and 42 points respectively. Freed-Hardeman (TN) is 11th with 26 points and Pikeville (KY) rounds out the preseason poll with 11 points.

The Blue Raiders open their season at 11:30amCT on Friday, Aug. 20, hitting the road to take on Reinhardt (GA) in the Vette City Classic in Bowling Green, KY.

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