August 13, 2014
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University Volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in the 2014 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced Wednesday.
Jamestown (N.D.) was selected as the preseason favorite to win the NSAA conference for the second straight year. The Jimmies earned 34 points and four first-place votes in the poll, which was voted among the league coaches.
Mayville State (N.D.) received two first-place votes and finished second in the poll with 29 points. Dickinson State (N.D.), newcomer to the NSAA conference this season, was picked third with 21 points.
Dakota State, who finished last season with an overall record of 9-25 and fourth-place finish in the NSAA conference with 2-6 conference record, was picked fourth with 19 points. The Trojans earned their first-ever NSAA postseason victory by sweeping Presentation (S.D.) in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champions Jamestown.
Valley City State (N.D.) was fifth in the poll with 15 points, while Presentation was sixth with 12 points.
The 2014 NSAA Volleyball season will consist of 10 conference matches with six teams competing for the conference crown. The NSAA conference season kicks off on Sept. 18 when the Trojans host Presentation at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison.
The NSAA Volleyball Postseason Conference Tournament Champions will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA Volleyball National Tournament Opening Round on Nov. 22. The 35th Annual NAIA Volleyball Championship is set for Dec. 2-6, 2014, at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Dakota State opens their 2014 campaign, under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Amy Veenhof, with four matches in the Mount Mercy (Iowa) Tournament on Aug. 22-23 in Cedar Rapids. The Trojans' first home volleyball match is slated for Aug. 27 versus Morningside (Iowa) with a junior varsity match at 6 p.m., followed by a varsity match at 7:30 p.m.
Here are the complete 2014 NSAA Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll and NSAA Preseason Volleyball Team:
2014 North Star Athletic Association Volleyball Preseason Poll
School (First-Place Votes)
Jamestown (N.D.) (4)
Mayville State (N.D.) (2)
Dickinson State (N.D.)
Dakota State (S.D.)
Valley City State (N.D.)
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director