Culver-Stockton College has been picked to finish 13th in the 14-team Heart of America Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
League newcomer Park University has been selected as the favorite to take the title in its first season in the Heart.
Last season, the Wildcats finished seventh in the North Division, finishing with a 10-19 overall record and 4-14 in the conference. C-SC failed to qualify for the conference postseason tournament.
Meanwhile, Park claimed both the regular season and postseason titles in the American Midwest Conference and closed out the season with an appearance in the quarterfinals at the NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship.
Grand View, the four-time defending conference champion, was named second in the coaches' poll. Central Methodist, who claimed the conference tournament title last season, landed in third. Both the Vikings and the Eagles appeared at the NAIA National Championship last season and ended play in the Round of 16.
Evangel and Baker round out the list of top five contenders in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The 2020 season is set to open on September 5th with non-conference matchups around the league. The Wildcats are scheduled to begin the 2020 campaign Sunday, Sept. 6, against Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Game time is noon.
The top eight teams of the regular season will qualify for the Heart Conference Tournament, which is scheduled to begin on November 7th.
A date for the NAIA National Championship, which has been postponed to the spring, has yet to be determined.