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CVB: NSIC Preseason Coaches Poll

August 12, 2014, 3:25 PM

CVB: NSIC Preseason Coaches Poll

Burnsville, Minn. - For the 11th consecutive season the Concordia University, St. Paul Golden Bears have been picked by the league coaches in the NSIC Preseason Volleyball Poll. After winning the past seven NCAA National Championships, the Golden Bears received all 15 first place votes (coaches cannot vote for their own team).
 
Minnesota Duluth finished in second in the coaches poll and received the other first place vote.  Southwest Minnesota State came in third followed by Northern State.  The Wolves will boast NSIC Preseason Player of the Year in Kelsey Chambers. 
 
The 2014 NSIC Volleyball season will begin with non-conference matches on Thursday, September 4 while the 20-game NSIC schedule begins September 16th.

 


Preseason Coaches' Poll Points
1. Concordia-St. Paul (15) 225
2. Minnesota Duluth (1) 206
3. Southwest Minnesota State 196
4. Northern State  176

5. Wayne State  174
6. Augustana  147
7. Sioux Falls 127

8. Minnesota State  126
9. MSU Moorhead 121
10. Minnesota Crookston 110
11. Winona State  75
12. St. Cloud State  68
13. Minot State  63
14. Upper Iowa  54
15. Bemidji State 35
16. University of Mary 17
first place votes in ( ) 

NSIC Preseason Player of the Year
#1 Kelsey Chambers
OH, 5-11, Jr.,
Jordan, Minn.
Jordan HS
Northern State


Chambers was selected by the league coaches as the NSIC Preseason Player of the Year after being named an AVCA All-American in 2013.  Chambers, who earned third team honors, is the first Northern State volleyball player to earn the honor in program history.  She was also an AVCA All-Region first team selection and a Daktronics All-Region Second Team.   A first team All-NSIC member, Chambers was third in the NSIC in points per set (4.71) and her .311 attack percentage was tenth best.  She recorded seven double-doubles on the season while leading the Wolves in kills and hitting percentage and was second in double-doubles and digs.

The 2014 NSIC regular season champion will be determined by the 20-game conference schedule.  The top eight teams will play in the single elimination NSIC Volleyball Tournament on November 12, 15-16. Quarterfinals will be hosted on campus by the top four seeds while the semifinals and championship will be hosted by the highest remaining seed following the first round of play. 

2014 NSIC VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS TO WATCH

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Augustana Vikings (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.goaugie.com
Ashley Buckley • Penn State '05
7th Season • W-L: 106-76, 68-49 NSIC
2013 Record: 22-8, 14-6 NSIC (t-4th)

Player to Watch
#9 Courtney Ysker (OH, 5-9, Sr., Windom, Minn. / Windom Area HS)
• Started all 30 matches, playing 103 sets
• AVCA All-American Honorable Mention
• AVCA All-Central Region honorable mention
• First Team All- NSIC
• Second on team with 413 kills (4.01 per set)
• Second on team with 361 digs (3.50 per set)
• 54 total blocks (8 solo) 
• 46 assists
• 23 service aces (0.22 per set)
• Career-high 24 kills against Sioux Falls on Sept. 21
• Career-high .560 attack % vs. American International 9/7/13
• Double digits in kills in 25 matches
• Surpassed 20 kills twice (USF on Sept. 21 and MSU Oct.11
• Recorded double-digit digs in 22 matches
• Reached at least 20 digs four times
• Led team with 18 double doubles
• Recorded teams only 20-20 game with 24 kills and 20 digs (vs. USF Sept. 21)
• Finished season ranked 16th in NCAA Division II in points per set (4.53)
• NSIC Challenge MVP
•    Springhill Suites Invitational All-Tournament Team

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Bemidji State Beavers (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.bsubeavers.com
Wayne Chadwick • Wisconsin-Whitewater '88
5th Season • W-L: 28-83, 15-67 NSIC
2013 Record: 6-22, 2-18 NSIC (15th)

Player to Watch
#3 Courtney Volkmann (S, 5-7, Sr., Wadena, Minn. / Wadena-Deer Creek HS)
• Has started every match for BSU the past two seasons.
• 10th all-time at Bemidji State in assists (1,792).
• Led the Beavers in assists the past two seasons.
• Paced the squad in hitting percentage (.218) and service aces (27) and finished second on the team with 244 digs in 2013.
• Posted 40 or more assists on seven occasions in 2013, including a career-best 54 (Oct. 4)

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Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.cugoldenbears.com/
Brady Starkey  • Metropolitan State '02
11th Season • W-L: 374-34, 193-7 NSIC
2013 Record: 35-3, 19-1 NSIC (1st)

Player to Watch
#11 Emily McDonough (OH, 5-9, Jr., Stillwater, Minn.  / Stillwater Area HS)
• AVCA All-America honorable mention
• AVCA All-Region honorable mention
• All-NSIC First Team
• NCAA All-Tournament Team
• NCAA Central Region All-Tournament Team
• NSIC All-Academic
• Had 389 kills and 3.06 kills per game, both second on the team
• Had 14 double-doubles on the year in 2013
• Had 22 kills and 20 digs on Oct. 11 at Wayne State
• Collected 20 kills and 16 digs on Oct. 25 at Minot State
• Was in double digits in either kills or digs in all but four matches

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University of Mary Marauders (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.goumary.com
Melissa Chaplin  • University of Iowa '02
1st Season • W-L: 0-0, 0-0 NSIC
2013 Record: 4-23, 1-19 NSIC (16th)

Player to Watch
#18 Allison Adams (MB, 6-0, Sr., Minneapolis, Minn. / Southwest HS)
• Four year starter in the middle for the Marauders
• Paced the Marauders offense with a .201 hitting percentage last season and was third in kills/game (1.74)
• Second with .70 blocks/game on the 6th best blocking team in the NSIC in 2013
• Reached double-digit kills three times last year, including 18 in a win over BSU
• As a freshman in 2011, Adams was third in the NSIC in blocks/game (1.07)
• Led the Marauders in hitting as a freshman with a career-high .225

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Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.goldeneaglesports.com
Lee Anderson  • University of Ottawa '98
8th Season • W-L: 55-147, 34-101 NSIC
2013 Record: 15-14, 10-10 NSIC (t-7th)

Player to Watch
#8 Brittany Looker (OH, 5-10, Sr., Rochester, Minn./ Mayo HS)
•  Became only the second UMC player in school history to earn All-NSIC First Team honors with her selection in 2013
•  Needs just 260 kills to surpass the all-time kills mark at UMC
•  Had 403 kills and 295 digs as a junior
•  Averaged 3.84 kills per set
•  Led the team with 32 service aces

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Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.umdbulldogs.com
Jim Boos  • UW–Oshkosh '94
13th Season • W-L: 328-60, 130-23 NSIC
2013 Record: 33-3, 18-2 NSIC (2nd)

Player to Watch
#9 Julie Rainey (Lib., 5-9, Sr., Stewartville, Minn. / Stewartville HS)
• Started all 36 matches, earning the title of NSIC Libero of the Year
• 2013 NSIC First Team All-Conference selection
• An AVCA All-American Second Team and All-Central Region First Team selection
• Named Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team selection
• Established herself with the most career digs ever at UMD, entering the season with 1,835 defensive saves as a Bulldog
• Named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week on four occasions (Oct. 7, Oct. 28, Nov. 11, and Nov. 18)
• Finished twelfth in the nation and first in the conference in digs per set at 5.78 per game.

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Minnesota State Mavericks (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.msumavericks.com
Dennis Amundson  • St. Cloud State '69
10th Season • W-L: 165-109, 76-44 NSIC
2013 Record: 13-15, 8-12 NSIC (t-9th)

Player to Watch
#10 Ellie Van De Steeg (S, 5-9, Jr., Hutchinson, Minn. / Hutchinson HS)
• Led the Mavericks with 1,098 assists, for an average of 10.76 assists per set in 2013.
• Only Maverick to start in all 28 matches and appear in all 102 sets last season.
• Finished the 2013 season second on the team in digs and service aces with 181 and 23, respectively.
• Recorded at least 50 assists in seven matches last season, including a career-high 72 against Minnesota Crookston.

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MSU Moorhead Dragons (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.msumdragons.com
Tammy Kath-Blake • South Dakota '89
20th Season • W-L: 331-253, 186-139 NSIC
2013 Record: 15-13, 8-12 NSIC (t-9th)

Player to Watch
#2 Kaitlin VanWinkle (MB, 5-11, Jr., Farmington, Minn. / Lakeville South HS)
•  Led NSIC in blocks per set (1.15)
•  Named to All• NSIC Second Team in 2014
•  Had 20 matches with double• digit kills.
•  Led MSUM with 127 total blocks.
•  Hit a solid .296 for the season.

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Minot State Beavers (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.msubeavers.com
Travis Ward • Western Oregon
3rd Season • W-L: 17-43, 9-32 NSIC
2013 Record: 12-18, 7-13 NSIC (13th)

Player to Watch
#4 Jen Dixon (OH, 5-8, Sr., Brandon, Manitoba / Vincent Massey HS)
• Led team in kills (387), digs (361) and service aces (38) in 2013
• Named to the 2013 All-NSIC Second Team.
• Ranked 10 th overall in the Northern Sun in kills per set at 2.47
• Is third all-time at Minot State in kills with 1,244
• Needs just 199 to become school's all-time leader
• Two sport standout earning All-American honors in softball

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Northern State Wolves (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.northernstatewolves.com
Brent Aldridge  • South Dakota '92
4th Season • W-L: 54-33, 35-25 NSIC
2013 Record: 22-8, 14-6 NSIC (t-4th)

Player to Watch
#1 Kelsey Chambers (OH, 5-11, Jr.,  Jordan, Minn. / Jordan HS)
• Third Team AVCA All-American selection in 2013
• First AVCA All-American in program history
• 2013 AVCA All-Region team
• Second Team Daktronics All-Region in 2013
• First Team All-NSIC selection in 2013
• Third in the league in kills with 4.32 per set last season
• Third in the NSIC in points per set (4.71)
• Her .311 attack percentage ranked 10th in the conference
• Recorded seven double-doubles on the season
• Led the Wolves in kills and hitting percentage and was second in double-doubles and digs
• Started all 30 matches in 2013 for NSU
• Averaged 2.50 digs per set which ranked second on the squad

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Sioux Falls Cougars (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.usfcougars.com
Joel McCartney • Graceland College '87
4th Season • W-L: 392-210, 15-25 NSIC
2013 Record: 19-12, 10-10 NSIC (t-7th)

Player to Watch
#8 Emily Johnson (OH, 5-11, Sr.,  Platte, S.D. / Platte-Geddes HS)
• Three-year starter at outside hitter
• Enters her senior campaign with 1,147 career kills and 754 digs
• Appeared in 31 matches and 118 sets
• Garnered NSIC second team honors
• Floored 391 kills to lead the team for the third straight season and posted a 3.31 kill per set average
• Led the team with five double-doubles
• Last season became the first Cougar since 2010 (Danielle Roers) to join the 1,000 Kill Club
• Has four all-tournament nods to her name, including a spot on the 2013 NSIC Challenge All-Tournament Team
• 2012 and 2013 NSIC All-Academic selection.

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SMSU Mustangs (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.smsumustangs.com
Terry Culhane • Southwest Minnesota State '78 11th Season • W-L: 260-71, 150-34 NSIC
2013 Record: 24-8, 17-3 NSIC (3rd)

Player to Watch
#20 Abbey Thissen (RS, 6-0, Jr.,  Clara City, Minn. / MACCRAY  HS)
• Led SMSU in 2013 with 444 kills and hit .261, while ranking third on the squad with 62 blocks.
• First team All-NSIC honoree,
• Was named AVCA honorable mention All-American
• Helped SMSU to record 24 victories and advance to the semifinals of the NCAA region tournament.
• During two seasons, has amassed 772 kills, hitting .275, while recording 120 blocks.

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St. Cloud State Huskies (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.scsuhuskies.com
Michelle Blaeser • Minnesota State '89
5th Season • W-L: 44-68, 25-55 NSIC
2013 Record: 14-14, 8-12 NSIC (t-9th)

Player to Watch
#7 Kellan Flynn (MH, 6-0, Jr.,  Tomahawk, Wis. / Tomahawk HS)
• Starter in 27 matches and played in all 28 during the 2013 season
• Appeared in 100 of 102 total sets
• Notched 229 kills, posting a .286 attack percentage
• Finished the season with 33 digs, 68 blocks and 277 points
• Had a season high 17 kills against MSU Moorhead and season high six blocks at U-Mary
• Averaged 2.29 kills per set, .33 digs per set and .68 blocks per set

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Upper Iowa Peacocks (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.upperiowaathletics.com
Aaron Nelson  • St. Cloud State '99
4th Year • W-L: 39-50, 22-29 NSIC
2013 Record: 8-22, 4-16 NSIC (14th)

Player to Watch
#13 Hailey Brown (RS/S, 5-11, Jr., Elroy, Wis. / Royall HS)
• Started and played in 28 of UIU's 30 matches at setter in 2013
• Recorded 707 assists, 184 kills, 228 digs, 43 blocks and 33 aces
• Registered season-high 49 assists against Bemidji State (9/28/13), 16 kills versus St. Cloud State (11/8/13) and 16 digs versus Minot State (11/1/13)
• Career totals include 1196 assists, 416 kills, 588 digs, 75 aces and 127 blocks over her first three seasons.

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Wayne State Wildcats (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.wscwildcats.com
Scott Kneifl • Wayne State College '95
10th Season • W-L: 224-80, 125-45 NSIC
2013 Record: 22-10, 12-8 NSIC (6th)

Player to Watch
#10 Alyssa Frauendorfer  (M/OH, 6-0, So., Humphrey, Neb. / Humphrey HS)
•  2013 NSIC and AVCA Central Region Freshman of the Year
•  First Team All-NSIC and AVCA All-Central Region as a freshman
•  Ranked sixth in the NSIC last season with a .344 attack %
•  Fourth in NSIC• only contests with .358 attack percentage
•  Averaged 2.77 kills, 0.97 blocks and 0.59 digs per set in 2013

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Winona State Warriors (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
www.winonastatewarriors.com
Joe Getzin • George Williams '86
1st Season • W-L: 0-0, 0-0 NSIC
2013 Record: 11-18, 8-12 NSIC (t-9th)

Player to Watch
#15 Rachel Polland (OH, 6-1, Sr., Minneapolis, Minn. / Southwest HS)
• Third on team with 210 kills; seven games with double-digit kills in 2013
• Hit .238 during the 2013 season
• Season-best 13 kills and .385 hitting percentage against Northwest Missouri State
• Second on team with 50 total blocks in 2013

 

Courtesy: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

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