Ripon, WI -- The Beloit College Volleyball team shares the top spot in the 2009 Midwest Conference Preseason Poll with defending champion St. Norbert College, the conference office has announced.
The poll is voted on by the league's head coaches. Both the Bucs and Green Knights received five first-place votes.
Monmouth took third in the poll followed by a tie for fourth between Ripon and Carroll.
The Buccaneers finished second last season. They return three All-MWC selections in First-Teamers Mary Parker and Tess Jacquez and Second-Team pick Caitlin O'Leary.
Beloit opens its 2009 season on September 1 when they play Concordia University-Chicago and Wisconsin Lutheran College at the North Central College Triangular in Naperville, Illinois.
Their initial home appearance will come on Friday, September 18, in the two-day Buc Blast Tournament.