KCAC spring polls give nod to Tabor in baseball

The 2017 preseason coaches’ polls for baseball, softball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis were released by the KCAC last week.

Baseball—Tabor tops the 2017 baseball coaches’ preseason poll.

The Bluejays earned 95 points and received five first-place votes, narrowly eclipsing York, who earned 93 points and also received five first-place votes.

Completing the poll are: Oklahoma Wesleyan (81), Kansas Wesleyan (67), Friends (57), Sterling (48), Bethany (44), University of Saint Mary (28), Ottawa (23) and McPherson (11).

Last season, Tabor secured its fifth-straight regular-season KCAC title with a 28-8 record. The Bluejays went 1-2 in the KCAC tournament, defeating Bethany before losing to Oklahoma Wesleyan and eventual-champion Sterling.

The Bluejays went 3-2 in the NAIA Opening Round tournament Tabor hosted in Hutchinson, clawing their way to the championship game after suffering a first-round loss. Tabor’s season ended with a loss to Science and Arts of Oklahoma, giving the Bluejays an overall record of 45-18.

Tabor ranks 10th in the NAIA baseball coaches’ preseason Top 25 poll. York ranks 13th, and Oklahoma Wesleyan is receiving votes.

Softball—Tabor has been selected eighth in the 2017 KCAC softball coaches’ preseason poll released last week.

The Bluejays earned 69 points and received one first-place vote.

Last year’s KCAC tournament champion Oklahoma Wesleyan topped the poll with 134 points and six first-place votes.

Completing the poll are: Ottawa (120 points, 1 first-place vote), Bethany (119, 3), Friends (119, 1), Kansas Wesleyan (82), University of Saint Mary (79), York (75), Tabor (69, 1), Sterling (60), Bethel (35), Southwestern (24) and McPherson (19).

Last season, Tabor finished ninth in the KCAC with a 6-16 record.

The Bluejays missed qualifying for the conference tournament, finishing the season with an overall record of 14-35.

Men’s tennis—Tabor has tied for fourth in the 2017 KCAC men’s tennis coaches’ preseason poll.

The Bluejays earned 40 points to tie for fourth with Kansas Wesleyan.

Last year’s KCAC tournament champion McPherson topped the poll with 63 points and seven first-place votes, followed by regular-season champion Bethany (58 points, 2 first-place votes).

Completing the poll are: Southwestern (49), Kansas Wesleyan (40), Tabor (40), Bethel (24), Ottawa (24), Friends (18) and Oklahoma Wesleyan (8).

Last season, Tabor finished seventh in the KCAC with a 2-6 record.

The Bluejays missed qualifying for the conference tournament, finishing the season with an overall record of 4-11.

Women’s tennis—Tabor has been chosen fourth in the 2017 women’s tennis coaches’ preseason poll.

The Bluejays earned 44 points behind regular-season and tournament champion McPherson (64 points, 8 first-place votes), Southwestern (54) and Ottawa (47, 1).

Completing the poll are: Kansas Wesleyan (39), Bethel (29), Friends (22), Bethany (15) and Oklahoma Wesleyan (10).

Last season, Tabor finished fifth in the KCAC with a 4-4 record, narrowly missing qualifying for the conference tournament and finishing the season with an overall record of 10-6.


2017 Softball Poll

1. OKWU (134 pts, 6 first)

2. Ottawa (120, 1)

T3. Bethany (119, 3)

T3. Friends (119, 1)

5. Kansas Wesleyan (82)

6. Saint Mary (79)

7. York (75)

8. Tabor (69, 1)

9. Sterling (60)

10. Bethel (35)

11. Southwestern (24)

12. McPherson (19)


2017 Baseball Poll

1. Tabor (95 points, 5 first)

2. York (93, 5)

3. Oklahoma Wesleyan (81)

4. Kansas Wesleyan (67)

5. Friends (57)

6. Sterling (48)

7. Bethany (44)

8. Saint Mary (28)

9. Ottawa (23)

10. McPherson (11)


2017 Men’s Tennis Poll

1. McPhers’n (63 pts, 7 first)

2. Bethany (58, 2)

3. Southwestern (49)

T4. Kansas Wesleyan (40)

T4. Tabor (40)

T6. Bethel (24)

T6. Ottawa (24)

8. Friends (18)

9. Oklahoma Wesleyan (8)


2017 Women’s Tennis Poll

1. McPhers’n (64 pts, 8 first)

2. Southwestern (54)

3. Ottawa (47, 1)

4. Tabor (44)

5. Kansas Wesleyan (39)

6. Bethel (29)

7. Friends (22)

8. Bethany (15)

9. Oklahoma Wesleyan (10)