The Fort Hays State University volleyball team was voted eighth in the 2015 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll, released Thursday morning. Tthe Tigers finished eighth in the league last year.
In 2014, the Tigers saw their win percentage in MIAA play make a jump of .130 from the previous year and they finished three spots higher in the MIAA standings.
The Tigers won seven MIAA matches in 2014, tying the most they have ever won in the conference since joining in 2006. However, with the improvement, the Tigers still finished at 13-18 overall with 15 of the losses occurring in MIAA play. Outside of the MIAA schedule, the Tigers finished 6-3 against non-conference competition.
Fort Hays has four players returning from last yearís squad with Mallory Flagor as the lone senior. She garnered an All-MIAA Second Team selection with 348 kills in 2014.
The Tigers return middle hitters Rebekah Spainhour and Callie Christensen. Spainhour finished with 234 kills as a sophomore and Christensen had 133 as a freshman. The duo combined for 179 blocks, occupying the teamís top two spots.
Crystal Whitten, who redshirted last year after transferring from Pittsburg State, also returns for the Tigers, who have 13 newcomers.
FHSU opens up the 2015 season in Marquette, Mich., on the first weekend of September with four non-conference matches.