Volleyball put in middle of HCAC pack

HCAC Volleyball Poll

Defiance, 86 (4)

Bluffton, 84 (4)

Mount St. Joseph, 82 (1)

Transylvania, 72

Hanover, 57

Rose-Hulman, 56 (1)

Franklin, 32

Anderson, 30

Manchester, 26

Earlham, 21

Hanover College's volleyball squad has been picked to finish in the middle of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings during the 2014 season.

Hanover totaled 57 points to wind up fifth in a preseason polling of the HCAC’s 10 head coaches.

The Panthers were 16-16 last season, including a 5-4 mark in the Heartland Conference.

Defiance College (Ohio) posted 86 points to claim the top spot in the poll. Bluffton University (Ohio) was right behind with 84 points. Both teams picked up four first-place votes.

Hanover is slated to start its season Friday, Aug. 29, on the road against Webster University (Mo.).

The Panthers' first home appearance of the season will be Sept. 5-6 during the Hanover Invitational in Collier Arena.