ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Endicott College will vie for their fifth straight NECC Men's Volleyball Title, securing the top spot in the Coaches Preseason Poll.
The Gulls earned six out of the seven possible first place votes for a total of 48 points. Endicott will feature a large returning group of talent as well as adding some newcomers into the fold. Highlighting the returners is senior standout Dan Toth, who earned All-NECC First Team honors the past two seasons. In total ten returners will join the Gulls roster, four of which were starters.
Finishing second in the polls was the Regis College Pride, who collected the final first place nod for a total of 41 points. Both the reigning Player and Defensive Player of the year, Brett Krahl and Sean Bisnett, will be returning for the Pride this season. Regis also has two impressive additions to the lineup in junior transfer Wade Robideux and freshman Jayson Vega.
Elms College takes the third spot in the poll with 33 total points. The Blazers will look to build on their third place finish a season ago. Elms is led by juniors Daniel Bondarovsky and Gabriel Reis Levy who both earned All-NECC honors in 2016.
Landing in fourth in this seasons poll is Newbury College with 25 points. Three returners will be in the Nighthawks lineup this season along with some new young talent. Coach Peter Kazlas looks to bring the Nighthawks back to the playoffs this season.
Closing out the polls was Southern Vermont College with 20 points, followed close behind by the new program at Eastern Nazarene College with 17 points and in seventh place Lesley University with 12 points.
NECC teams will begin their seasons with nonconference matchups on Thursday, January 12th, The first conference match up will feature Newbury College traveling to Eastern Nazarene College on Thursday, January 26th.
Men's Volleyball Coaches' Preseason Poll
- Endicott – 48 (6)
- Regis – 41 (1)
- Elms – 33
- Newbury – 25
- Southern Vermont – 20
- Eastern Nazarene – 17
- Lesley – 12