Boston, Mass. (August 29) – In the NEWMAC Preseason Poll, the MIT women's volleyball team ranked first and received eight first-place votes as announced by the league on Tuesday.
The 2016 NEWMAC champions, the Engineers finished the year with a record of 29-5 after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Returning to the team will be AVCA All-America honorable mention selection junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) along with senior Alli Davanzo (Saint Johns, Fla.) who joined Bertics on the NEWMAC All-Conference second team.
MIT opens the 2017 season on Saturday, September 2 when it travels to Morrisville State College for the two-day Mustang Invitational.
2017 NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. MIT (8)
2. Springfield (1)
3. Clark (1)
5. Coast Guard
11. Mount Holyoke
(First-place votes in parentheses)