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UMD picked to finish second in NSIC

Minnesota Duluth received six first-place votes to finish second behind defending champion Minnesota State-Mankato in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference preseason coaches poll released Tuesday.

Bulldogs senior forward Maureen Stormont was named the NSIC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year after earning All-NSIC first-team honors last year, as well as National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Central Region first-team honors. Stormont scored 43 points, including 18 goals last season.

UMD is ranked eighth in the NSCAA preseason poll. The Bulldogs tied a program record with 17 victories in 2013 before falling to eventual national champion Grand Valley State 2-1 in the NCAA tournament.

The Bulldogs, who recently completed a 10-day trip through Europe, open the season Sept. 5 at the Central Missouri Season Opener tournament.

Saints picked to win UMAC women’s title

St. Scholastica was selected Tuesday by league coaches to win its 11th consecutive Upper Midwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer title

The Saints, who are seeking their seventh NCAA tournament berth in eight seasons, earned seven of eight first-place votes after finishing 18-3-1 overall and 14-0 in UMAC play in 2013.

St. Scholastica returns three-time UMAC Offensive Player of the Year Kelsey Kehtel, a Duluth East graduate, as well as All-UMAC second-teamer Casey Mitchell, a senior midfielder, and junior Leah Hamm of Duluth Denfeld, who was second on the team in scoring in 2013.

The Saints open play Aug. 29 against Trinity in San Antonio, Texas.

College volleyball

Superior picked ninth in WIAC poll

Wisconsin-Superior was picked to finish last by Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coaches and sports information directors in a preseason poll released Tuesday.

The Yellowjackets (17-14 overall, 1-7 WIAC last year) can tie a program record for consecutive winning seasons by finishing above .500 for a third straight year.

Senior setter Keely Deadrick returns after recording the fourth-most assists (1,119) in a single season in 2013. She is second in school history in career assists with 3,104.

The Yellowjackets play 16 of their first 18 matches away from home.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the three-time defending conference champion, was chosen as this year’s favorites.