ISU volleyball picked sixth in Big Sky poll

The Idaho State volleyball team was picked to finish sixth in the Big Sky Conference according to the preseason poll released by conference officials Friday.

The Bengals received 71 total votes. Defending Big Sky conference and tournament champion North Dakota received 10-first place votes to take the No. 1 spot. Northern Colorado (two first-place votes) and Sacramento State were picked to place second and third, respectively. North Arizona and Portland State rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth place.

Idaho State, which features two locals on its 2017 roster—Haylie Keck (2016 Bonneville graduate) and Alexis Thompson (2017 Shelley graduate)—begins its season on August 25 at the Pepsi Panther Invitational in Milwaukee, Wisc.

The complete poll is below

School Points (first place votes)

1. North Dakota 120 (10)

2. Northern Colorado 103 (2)

3. Sacramento State 99

4. Northern Arizona 96

5. Portland State 82

6. Idaho State 71

7. Idaho 63

8. Weber State 49

9. Eastern Washington 44

10. Montana State 24

11. Montana 21

12. Southern Utah 20