The University of Dubuque volleyball team has been pegged as the favorite to win the American Rivers Conference championship in the pre-season conference coach’s poll. The Spartans return six starters from their team that finished 2nd in the regular season last season and went on to win the conference tournament championship and the automatic NCAA tournament spot. Wartburg is picked for 2nd, Loras with a group of five returning starters was picked to finish 4th.
U-D opens the season on August 30th at the Sugar Loaf Classic in Minnesota hosted by St. Mary’s. Loras will open the season the same weekend at the Forester Invitational at Lake Forest.