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First place votes in parenthesis
Note: TMCHS Belcourt is not participating at this time, due to COVID-19 health concerns. It's not known when TMCHS will begin conference play
Century nabs top spot in annual preseason volleyball coaches poll
BISMARCK -- Defending WDA and West Region Tournament champion Century once again is the top pick by conference coaches to win the regular season league volleyball title. The Patriots received nine first place votes to go along with 80 total points in preseason voting. Jamestown was second with one first place vote and 71 points.
Those teams were 1-2, respectively, in last year's preseason voting and also finished in those spots in the 2019 regular season.
Bismarck High was third in voting with 62 points; Mandan was fourth; Legacy was fifth; St. Mary's was sixth; Dickinson was seventh; Minot was eighth; Watford City was ninth; and Williston was 10th.
Teams received nine points for a first place vote; eight for a second place vote; seven for third place; six for fourth place; five for fifth place; four for sixth place; three for seventh place; two for eighth place and one for ninth place. Coaches did not include their team in voting as well as WDA member TMCHS Belcourt. TMCHS is not participating at this time due to COVID-19 health concerns. The annual poll was conducted by Matt Mullally, WDA executive secretary.
This marks the 38th season of WDA/West Region play and there are some changes to the campaign as a result of the health risks associated with COVID-19. Regular season play has been confined to only WDA matches and the number of spectators will be limited. As reported above, TMCHS Belcourt is not participating at this time due to COVID-19 health concerns. It's unclear when the program will begin participating again in WDA matches. Two programs -- Williston and St. Mary's -- have new coaches. Kate Cote is the new bench boss at Williston while Erica Trom is in charge at St. Mary's.
The West Region Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 12-14 in Watford City. The Class A Tournament is in Fargo, Nov. 19-21.
2020 WDA Preseason Coaches Volleyball Poll