Anna Zander, Sports Information Director
MOUNT PLEASANT – The 2018 Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll was announced this afternoon by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Iowa Wesleyan was tabbed to finish eighth after receiving 20 points in the poll.
Westminster College took the top spot with a total of 78 points and six first place votes. The Blue Jays won the SLIAC Conference title last season after going 21-11 overall and 16-2 in league play. They return all but one starter from last year’s squad.
The Tigers will look to improve on last season’s finish as BJ Wagy enters her fifth season at the helm. Iowa Wesleyan returns five starters, including their top two attackers. Lida Landre led IW with 173 kills in her first season, and Sydney Ellsworth finished the season with 154 kills and 36 blocks. Cassandra Schwamborn is back from an injury last season and will play a key role in the offense.
Paige Kammerer, a transfer from Southeastern Community College, is expected to step in right away and run the offense for the Tigers. Skylar Garcille and Kaylo Jimenez are also expected to make an impact in their first season with IW.
Iowa Wesleyan will open their season two weeks from today. They will travel to Jacksonville, Illinois to compete in the Illinois College Invitational. They will open up day one against Grinnell College (6pm) and Illinois College (8pm) on August 31st, and wrap up the tournament on September 1st with matches against Knox College (10am) and Anderson University in Indiana (12pm).