KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Evangel volleyball team was tabbed to finish sixth in the 2019 Heart Coaches' Preseason Poll released Wednesday.
Evangel finished last season at 18-18 overall and 9-8 in league play to finish fifth. The Crusaders lost in the second round of the conference tournament to regular season and tournament champion Grand View.
The Vikings were again picked to repeat at No. 1 in the league followed by Central Methodist at No. 2 and Benedictine at No. 3. Clarke was tabbed fourth with Baker just ahead of Evangel to round out the top five.
The Crusaders will open the season again with a tough preseason classic Aug. 15-16 at The Fieldhouse in Springfield, Missouri. Evangel opens action on Thursday, Aug. 15 against Lindenwood-Belleville before facing Oklahoma City University and Mobile (Ala.) on Saturday.