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Oregon Tech Volleyball Picked 5th in CCC Coaches Preseason Poll

Aug 04, 2014
Oregon Tech Volleyball Picked 5th in CCC Coaches Preseason Poll

LA GRANDE Ore. – The 2014 Oregon Tech Volleyball team will enter the season picked 5th in the Cascade Conference Preseason Coaches poll. The Owls will look to improve on 15-18 showing in 2013, including an 8-10 mark in Conference play. Tech opens their 35-match volleyball slate at Pacific Union College August, 20th in Angwin, California.

With seven first-place votes, The College of Idaho is the coaches’ preseason favorite to win the 2014 CCC volleyball crown, according to a poll released by the conference office. The defending league champion Yotes earned 95 points in the poll and finished the 2013 campaign 16-2 in the CCC and 18-10 overall. Their title was the sixth in the last nine years under head coach Liz Mendiola who enters her 14th season.

Eastern Oregon University, earned two first-place votes and 84 points and is picked 2nd in the poll. The Mountaineers (15-3 CCC, 25-6) return 2013 Player of the Year Casey Loper. Southern Oregon (13-5, 17-10) was picked third with 83 points and received one first place vote.

Concordia (77) is picked fourth in the poll followed by Oregon Tech (53), Evergreen (42), Northwest (34), Northwest Christian (30), Warner Pacific (29), and Corban (23).

Postseason Play
The top six teams in the CCC’s final regular season standings will earn spots in the conference’s postseason tournament, which begins Nov. 11. The regular season champion and the runner-up will earn a berth in the tournament semifinals against the winner of the quarterfinals, which matches the No. 3 and 6 seeds and the 4 and 5 seeds. Quarterfinals will be held on campus sites while the regular season champion will host the semifinals and finals. The CCC’s tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships, which begin Nov. 22.


   2014 CCC Preseason Coaches’ Poll                     

#     School                                           Pts           Overall         CCC

1.   College of Idaho (7).......................... 95                18-10         16-2

2.   Eastern Oregon (2)........................... 84                25-6            15-3

3.   Southern Oregon (1)..........................83                17-10         13-5

4.   Concordia.........................................77                23-7            14-4

5.   Oregon Tech......................................53                15-18         8-10

6.   Evergreen...........................................42                8-15            7-11

7.   Northwest.......................................... 34                7-21            3-15

8    Northwest Christian...........................  30                17-11         10-8

9.   Warner Pacific.................................... 29                4-24            1-17

10. Corban................................................ 23                7-21            3-15

First place votes in parentheses

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