SALT LAKE CITY – The Westminster College women's volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in the Frontier Conference this season according to a poll of the nine conference coaches, as announced by the conference office Monday. Westminster received 40 points in the poll and finished tied with Great Falls.
Defending regular season champion Lewis-Clark State College received six first place votes and is the preseason favorite of the league's volleyball coaches to win the conference title for the 2012 season. Conference tournament champion Rocky Mountain College received one first place vote to finish second, edging third place Carroll College by one vote. The Saints also received one first place vote. Montana State Northern is sixth followed by Montana Western, Montana Tech and conference newcomer Dickinson State.
Westminster finished fourth last season with an 8-6 record in Frontier Conference play. They return 11 players, including all six starters and the libero from the 2011 squad. The Griffins will begin the 2012 season at the Paul Elliott Invitational on August 17-18. They open with matches against Oregon Tech and Cal-Merced on the opening day.
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. First place was worth eight points, second place worth seven points, third place worth six points, fourth place worth five points, fifth place worth four points, sixth place worth three points, seventh place worth two points and eighth place worth one point.
1. Lewis-Clark State (6) 62 pts
2. Rocky Mountain (1) 54 pts
3. Carroll College (1) 53 pts
T-4. Westminster College 40 pts
T-4. University of Great Falls 40 pts
6. Montana State-Northern 29 pts
7. Montana Western 18 pts
8. Montana Tech 15 pts
9. Dickinson State 13 pts