ANGOLA – Trine was picked to finish sixth in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association according to coaches in the conference.
Defending NCAA Division III national champion Calvin has been selected the preseason favorite to win the 2011 MIAA volleyball championship.
The Knights, who shared the MIAA championship with Hope last fall before going on to win the national championship, received eight of a possible nine first-place votes in the first-ever MIAA preseason volleyball coaches poll. The Flying Dutch, who received the other first place vote, were picked to finish second in the poll.
Alma was selected to finish third, followed by Kalamazoo, Olivet, Trine, Adrian, Saint Mary’s and Albion.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis):
1. Calvin (8) 8 pts.
2. Hope (1) 16.
3. Alma 24.
4. Kalamazoo 30. 5. Olivet 38.
6. Trine 39.
7. Adrian 50.
8. Saint Mary’s 55.
9. Albion 64.
MIAA teams will begin non-conference action Friday, Sept. 2, with the first conference matches set for Tuesday, Sept. 6.