Hiram College

CLEVELAND, OHIO  —  The Hiram College volleyball team was selected to finish second in the 2008 North Coast Athletic Conference Preseason Poll that was released today (Wednesday, Aug. 27).

Conference rival Wittenberg University was picked to win the conference after an impressive 2007 season that saw the Tigers finish 14-0 in conference play and win their 13th NCAC Tournament Championship.  The Tigers tallied 81 points, including all nine first-place votes, to take the top spot in the poll.  Hiram accumulated 72 points for second overall and The College of Wooster rounded out the top three with 55 points.

The Terriers are coming off another successful season in 2007 that saw Hiram finish with a 28-5 overall record, the programs fifth straight 20-plus win season, a third straight appearance in the NCAA Division III National Tournament, an eighth consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament appearance and were the NCAC Tournament runners-up.

This fall, Hiram returns only one senior in All-NCAC outside hitter Sarah Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights/Gilmour). In 2007, she led the team in kills with 364 (3.25 kills per game) and had a .284 hitting percentage. Schoenhagen also is a key player defensively after ending last season third on the team in blocks with 53 (16 solo and 37 assists).

Hiram will face tough competition at the season-opening Ohio Northern University Tournament in Ada on Friday-Saturday, Aug. 29-30.  The Terriers will play against two other preseason top-25 teams in Calvin (Mich.) College (ranked No. 21) and host school ONU (ranked No. 11).  Hiram begins the season against Calvin on Friday at 3 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495, by FAX at (330) 569-5392 or by email athoedtjm@hiram.edu.

2008 North Coast Athletic Conference Preseason Poll
Place      School (First Place Votes)                            Points
1.              Wittenberg (9)                                                                  81
2.              Hiram                                                                               72
3.              Wooster                                                                            55
4.              Denison                                                                            46
5.              Ohio Wesleyan                                                                  41
6.              Earlham                                                                            33
7.              Allegheny                                                                         32
8.              Oberlin                                                                             31
9.              Kenyon                                                                             14