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Kevin Schnepf, Published August 20 2009

Bison volleyball unanimous preseason favorite

North Dakota State's women's volleyball team was a unanimous pick to win The Summit League in a preseason poll of the league's 10 coaches.

In a poll released Wednesday, NDSU collected all nine possible first-place votes for 81 points followed by Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne with 70 points, Oral Roberts (64), Indiana Purdue-Indianapolis (55) and South Dakota State (51).

The Bison have nine letterwinners, including five starters, back from last year's 24-4 team that won The Summit League title with a 16-0 record.

The top four teams from the regular season advance to The Summit League tournament Nov. 20-21 to be held at NDSU's Bentson-Bunker Fieldhouse.

Read more about the Bison volleyball team in Friday's Forum sports section.