Calvin Favored To Win MIAA Men’s Soccer Title Again
Calvin has been picked to repeat as MIAA men’s soccer champions in a preseason poll of the league’s coaches.
The Knights, who have won or shared seven consecutive MIAA championships, including outright titles the last three years, received six out of a possible eight first-place votes in the poll, with Hope and Olivet each receiving one first-place tally. The Flying Dutchmen, who knocked off Calvin in a penalty kick shootout to win last year’s MIAA tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament, are picked second in the poll with the Comets third.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Calvin (6) 9 pts. 2. Hope (1) 15. 3. Olivet (1) 22. 4. Kalamazoo 25. 5. Albion 32. 6. Alma 33. 7. Adrian 42. 8. Trine 46.
MIAA teams will begin non-conference action Friday, Aug. 29, with the first conference matches set for Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Calvin Picked to Repeat In MIAA Women's Soccer Race
Defending champion Calvin has been named the preseason favorite to win the MIAA women’s soccer championship.
The Knights, who defeated Hope on the final day of the regular season last year to win the MIAA title by one point over Alma and went on to win the conference tournament, received eight out of a possible nine first-place votes in the poll of the league’s coaches. Hope, who was picked second, received the other first-place vote. Coaches could not vote for their own teams.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Calvin (8) 8 pts. 2. Hope (1) 15. 3. Alma 23. 4. Saint Mary’s 33. 5. Adrian 35. 6. Kalamazoo 42. 7. Albion 50. 8. Olivet 56. 9. Trine 62.
MIAA teams will begin non-conference action Friday, Aug. 29, with the first conference matches set for Monday, Sept. 8.
Hope Named Preseason Favorite In MIAA Volleyball; Calvin Preseason No. 1 In AVCA Poll
Last season, the MIAA had the top two ranked teams in NCAA Division III most of the season, with Calvin and Hope sharing the conference championship and advancing to the final eight in the NCAA tournament before Calvin won the national championship at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse.
This year, MIAA coaches expect another close race, with Hope picked as the preseason favorite to win the conference title and Calvin close behind. The Flying Dutch received six out of a possible nine first-place votes in the coaches’ poll while the Knights received the other three votes.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Hope (6) 10. 2. Calvin (3) 13. 3. Saint Mary's 23. 4. Trine 29. 5. Alma 41. 6. Kalamazoo 42. 7. Olivet 50. 8. Adrian 52. 9. Albion 64.
The MIAA poll came out on the same day as the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason Top 25 Division III poll, which picks Calvin as the No. 1 team in the country and Hope 4th. The Knights received 56 out of a possible 60 first-place votes in the AVCA poll, while the Flying Dutch picked up one vote.
Last season, Calvin and Hope each finished 15-1 in the MIAA, with each winning the head-to-head matchup on its home floor. The Knights won the MIAA tournament over Hope in a five-set battle in Grand Rapids, then won six consecutive matches, capped off by a dramatic comeback from a two-sets-to-none deficit in the national championship match against California Lutheran, to win their second Division III title in four years.
MIAA teams will begin non-conference action Friday, Aug. 29, with the first conference matches set for Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Albion Picked To Repeat As MIAA Football Champs
Defending champion Albion has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the 2014 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football championship.
The Britons, who last fall captured their 35th MIAA championship, the most of any conference school, received five out of a possible seven first-place votes in the poll of the league’s coaches. Adrian was picked to finish second, followed by Hope and Olivet. The Flying Dutchmen and Comets each received one first-place vote. Coaches could not vote for their own team in the poll.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Albion (5) 7 pts. 2. Adrian 16 pts. 3. Hope (1) 18 pts. 4. Olivet (1) 19. 5. Trine 24. 6. Kalamazoo 29. 7. Alma 34.
Albion won the 2013 MIAA championship with a dramatic 34-31 road win at Hope on the final Saturday of the regular season, scoring the winning touchdown with 51 seconds remaining. The Britons were a perfect 6-0 in conference play and finished 8-3 overall.
This season will mark the third year of a Challenge Series with the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, with MIAA schools traveling to NACC member institutions on Saturday, Sept. 20. The MIAA will also begin a Challenge Series with members of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), with MIAA institutions hosting their CCIW rivals on Saturday, Sept. 13.
The MIAA will kick off its 117th season of intercollegiate football action Friday, Sept. 5, as Trine travels to Manchester, Ind. League play begins Saturday, Oct. 4.
Click here for updated 2014 MIAA football rosters.
Ball Named Adrian Softball Coach
Adrian has named Anna Ball its new softball coach.
Ball comes to Adrian from Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) University, where she was the Warriors' coach the past four seasons. In 2013, she led Southern Wesleyan to its first 20-win season in nine years, and the 2014 Warriors' team had its best offensive showing in school history.
Prior to Southern Wesleyan, Ball had been an assistant coach at her alma mater, Notre Dame (Ohio) College, for three years. She replaces Kristina Schweikert, who resigned after seven seasons in which the Bulldogs won 178 games.
Penny Allen-Cook Assumes Duties as MIAA Commissioner
Penny Allen-Cook began her duties as the MIAA's ninth commissioner on July 1, 2014.
Allen-Cook brings to the MIAA a strong background in intercollegiate athletics as a coach, administrator and conference official. From 2008 to 2012, she served as assistant commissioner of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), an NCAA Division II conference with most of its member colleges in the state of Michigan.
Allen-Cook spent nearly a decade in the MIAA as a coach and administrator at Alma College. From 1996 to 2002, she served as Alma’s head volleyball coach, posting a career record of 132-54 and leading the Scots to the first of what would be four straight MIAA championships during the 2001 season. She also served as women’s director of athletics, assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator during a period from 1997 to 2002, serving as Alma’s NCAA compliance officer.
Click here to read more about Commissioner Penny Allen-Cook.