While the one at the end of the season carries far more weight, the preseason volleyball media poll — compiled by IndianaPrepVolleyball.com — is out, and six East Central Indiana teams are in the top 10.
Yorktown, coming off a 30-7 season in Class 4A, is tied with Northview atop the Class 3A poll, with each tallying 65 points. The Tigers received two of a possible eight first-place votes, while Northview accumulated three. Yorktown is back in 3A this season after two seasons in 4A due to the IHSAA’s tournament success factor.
Yorktown’s chief rival, Delta, isn’t far behind at No. 6 in 3A. The Eagles, who went 27-6 last season and lost to Central in their sectional opener, received 39 points to edge Jasper.
Defending Class A state champion Wes-Del —in Class 2A this year because of the success factor rule — received three first-place votes in the 2A poll on the heels of a 35-3 season. The Warriors got 59 points to slide in at No. 3, just behind Southwood and Hammond Noll. Wapahani, which is dropping down from 3A after going 21-9 last season, is fourth with 52 points. Burris is tied with Barr-Reeve for fifth with 39 points.
In Class A, Cowan is No. 6 with 40 points — half that of first-place Christian Academy’s 80.
Central, bumping up to 4A because of its increase in enrollment after the consolidation with Southside, was listed in the others receiving votes, as were Daleville and Union in Class A. The Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association preseason poll is scheduled to be released Sunday.