December 20, 2013

Loyola-Chicago Picked as 2014 MIVA Preseason Favorite

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Loyola-Chicago has been selected the preseason favorite to win the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association by a vote of the league coaches. With seven first place votes, Loyola-Chicago finished five points ahead of Lewis and 15 points ahead of Ohio State. Grand Canyon was picked to finished fourth in the conference while Ball State and IPFW were picked to finish fifth. Lindenwood and Quincy rounded out the field by finishing in seventh and eighth place.

The coaches also selected the 2014 MIVA Preseason All-Conferene Team. The team is compiled of nine players and one libero. Loyola-Chicago led the way with three selections on the All-MIVA Preseason Team while Lewis had two members picked by the panel of coaches. Ball State, IPFW, Grand Canyon, Lindenwood, and Ohio State each had one on the team. Loyola-Chicago's Joseph Smalzer, 2013 MIVA Player of the Year and 2013 MIVA Tournament MVP, edged out Lewis' BJ Boldog for Preseason Player of the Year honors and Peter Jasaitis earned Preseason Libero of the Year honors after receiving six, first place votes. Sophomore Thomas Jaeschke rounded out Loyola-Chicago's selection, earning a spot on the All-Conference Team.

Along with Boldog, outside hitter Geoff Powell rounded out the Lewis selections while Ben Ponnet from Grand Canyon, Matt Leske from Ball State, Eddie Rivera from IPFW, Michael Henchy from Ohio State, and Colin Hackworth from Lindenwood earned a spot on the team.

2014 MIVA Preseason Team Ranking
Ranking, Team, Points (First-place votes)

1. Loyola-Chicago, 62 points (7)
2. Lewis, 57 points (1)
3. Ohio State, 47 points
4. Grand Canyon, 33 points
5. Ball State, 30 points
5. IPFW, 30 points
7. Lindenwood, 21 points
8. Quincy, 8 points

2014 MIVA Preseason All-Conference Team
Player, Position, Team

BJ Boldog, Setter, Lewis
Colin Hackworth, Opposite, Lindenwood
Michael Henchy, Outside, Ohio State
Thomas Jaeschke, Outside, Loyola-Chicago
Peter Jasaitis, Libero, Loyola-Chicago*
Matt Leske, Middle, Ball State
Ben Ponnet, Outside, Grand Canyon
Geoff Powell, Outside, Lewis
Eddie Rivera, Outside, IPFW
Joseph Smalzer, Opposite, Loyola-Chicago^

*Named 2014 Preseason Libero of the Year
^Named 2014 Preseason Player of the Year

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