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College Volleyball: UNI selected as preseason league favorite

This news story was published on January 22, 2021.
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ST. LOUIS – The UNI volleyball team has been selected as the league’s favorite in the MVC preseason coaches’ poll.

The Panthers are coming off the program’s 5th straight NCAA tournament appearance and the program’s 19th MVC regular-season title. UNI received 96 points and six first-place votes in the annual poll.

The defending MVC tournament champions Illinois State received 93 points and four 1st place votes. The Ramblers of Loyola came in third with 77 points. Bradley (71), Missouri State (48), Evansville (47), Valparaiso (39), Southern Illinois (36), Drake (26), and Indiana State (17) round out the poll.

Sophomore Kaylissa Arndorfer is the lone Panther to make the Preseason All-MVC Team. Arndorfer earned First Team All-MVC honors as a freshman after finishing conference play averaging 3.13 kills per set and scoring 269 total points. Arndorfer was also a member of the 2019 All-Freshman Team.

Preseason All-MVC Team
Kaylissa Arndorfer, UNI                MB        So.       6-1                Waterloo, Iowa (Waterloo West)
Addie Barnes, Loyola                    OH        So.       5-11                                Neenah, Wis. (Neenah)
Sydney Holt, Illinois State         MB/RS    Sr.        6-1                                Wildwood, Mo. (Eureka)
Stef Jankiewicz, Illinois State       S           Sr.       5-10           Farmington Hills, Mich. (Harrison)
Kaylee Martin, Illinois State         OH        Sr.        5-9                    Sterling, Ill. (Northern Illinois)
Emily Plock, Drake                         MB       Sr.        6-2                 Altoona, Iowa (Southeast Polk)
Hannah Thompson, Bradley       OH        Jr.        5-8                                           Pekin, Ill. (Pekin)
Taylor Venuto, Loyola                    MH       So.        6-1                 Whitmore Lake, Mich. (Dexter)

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