Southwestern volleyball ranked no. 5

WICHITA — Southwestern College volleyball has been picked to finish the 2019 KCAC season in fifth place the conference announced Friday afternoon, as voted on by conference coaches.

The Lady Builders are coming off their first 20-win season in over 20 years and finished 5-7 in league play a year ago — good for sixth in the KCAC. The team will be without the program's top setter in Catabrean Baumann, but return a good portion of their contributions from a year ago, including top kill leaders Deardin Kelley (SR/Carl Junction, Mo.) and Kayln Beel (SR/El Dorado).

The Lady Builders saw their season come to an end at the hands of the Ottawa Braves in 2018, who ended up going on to win the KCAC Tournament. The Braves are picked first heading into 2019.

Ottawa collected 11 first place votes and a total of 143 votes, while the Coyotes of Kansas Wesleyan collected 124 total votes and a first place vote. University of Saint Mary was selected third with 119 votes, while McPherson College was tabbed fourth with 111 votes and the final first place vote.

The Lady Builders will open up their 2019 campaign at home on Aug. 20 when they host the Bethel Threshers for a non-conference affair in Stewart Field House.


Preseason rankings

1. Ottawa University

2. Kansas Wesleyan University

3.University of Saint Mary

4. McPherson College

5. Southwestern College

6. Friends University

7. Sterling College

8. Bethany College

9. Oklahoma Wesleyan University

10. Tabor College

11. York College

12. Bethel College

13. Avila University

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