Loyola-Chicago Picked as the 2012 MIVA Preseason Favorite

                COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Loyola-Chicago has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association by a vote of the league coaches. The Ramblers edged Ohio State by three votes and had four first place votes to three for the Buckeyes. Lewis was picked to finish third, with Ball State and Quincy tied for fourth. IPFW was ranked sixth with Grand Canyon seventh to round out the voting.

                The coaches also selected the 2012 MIVA preseason All-Conference Team comprised of nine players and two liberos (due to a tie). All seven squads are represented with Lewis having three players and two each from Ohio State and Loyola-Chicago. Voted to the team from Lewis were Matt Gallik, Jay Petty and Roberto Torres-Davis. Mike Bunting and Joe Smalzer were selected from Loyola-Chicago with Mik Berzins and Shawn Sangrey from Ohio State. Steven Battaglia of Quincy, Trent Bruns of Grand Canyon, Ivan Matos of IPFW and Graham McIlvaine  of Ball State rounded out the team.

2012 MIVA Preseason Team Ranking

Rank

Team

Points (1st place votes)

2011 MIVA Finish/Record (Overall)

1

Loyola-Chicago

45 (4)

2nd/9-3 (21-8)

2

Ohio State

42 (3)

1st/11-1 (26-6)@#

3

Lewis

39

3rd-tie/7-5 (20-11)

4

Ball State

21

3rd-tie/7-5 (19-11)

 

Quincy

21

6th/3-9 (22-14)

6

IPFW

20

5th/5-7 (16-12)

7

Grand Canyon

8

7th/0-12 (8-24)

@2011 MIVA Tournament Champion                         #2011 NCAA Champion

 

2012 MIVA Preseason All-Conference Team

Student Athlete

School

Pos.

Hgt.

Cl.

Steven Battaglia

Quincy

MB

6-6

So.

Mik Berzins

Ohio State

OH

6-3

Sr.

Trent Bruns

Grand Canyon

L

6-0

Jr.

Mike Bunting

Loyola-Chicago

OH

6-4

Sr.

Matt Gallik

Lewis

MB

6-6

RS-Sr.

Ivan Matos

IPFW

OH

6-4

Sr.

Graham McIlvaine

Ball State

S

6-6

So.

Jay Petty

Lewis

OH

6-6

RS-Jr.

Shawn Sangrey

Ohio State

OPP

6-5

Sr.

Joe Smalzer

Loyola Chicago

OPP

6-8

RS-So.

Roberto Torres-Davis

Lewis

L

5-9

RS-So.

 

 

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