KCAC releases cross-country, volleyball polls

The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference has released preseason polls for cross-country and volleyball as voted on by conference coaches.

Cross-country—Tabor’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams are projected to finish eighth and seventh, respectively, as selected by KCAC coaches in preseason polls released Monday.

As a team, the Bluejay men finished eighth at the KCAC cross-country championships last year.

Thomas Bacon led the effort, finishing 34th in the 8-k race with a time of 27:50.7 as a junior.

Meanwhile, the women finished seventh as a team, paced by freshman Emily Kemling, who finished the 5-k race in 19:38.6, good for 13th overall.

The Bluejays will open the season at Sterling’s Warrior Fest Invitational Sept. 9.

Volleyball—Tabor was picked second by KCAC coaches in the 2017 preseason poll released last week.

The Bluejays received two first-place votes and 104 points behind Ottawa (seven first-place votes, 117 points) and ahead of Kansas Wesleyan (3, 102).

Tabor’s only conference losses were to Ottawa last season. The Braves won the regular season title with a 22-0 record and went on to win the KCAC tournament. Ottawa lost in the NAIA Opening Round.

Tabor, meanwhile, finished as both regular season and tournament runners-up and qualified for postseason play for the first time in program history.

The Bluejays defeated Wayland Baptist in the opening round to earn a spot to compete among a 32-team field in pool play in Sioux City, Iowa. Tabor was eliminated after pool play and finished the season with an overall record of 26-12.

The Bluejays will open the season at Avila Aug. 23.

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