The OLLU Women’s Soccer team has received a pre-season national ranking in the 2016 NAIA Coaches’ Pre-season Top 25 poll. This sees the Saints achieve their highest ranking since the 2014 pre-season poll where they were ranked 19th.
The Saints were last placed at 22 in the 2015 postseason poll, but in the offseason their moves have led to a rethink from the coaches. The top team is unsurprisingly Spring Arbor, the defending champions, but the team at the top of the pre-season poll has not won the title since Lee in 2011.
OLLU received 153 points well clear of the 22nd team, Reinhardt (with 137) and in touching distance of Olivet Nazarene who are 11 points ahead. The Saints will be hopeful of a strong season as they look to continue making history, fighting for their furthest ever NAIA Championship run.
The ranking sees OLLU as the only team from Texas in the top 25 with most of the teams in the rankings coming from mid-western states or California. The nearest team to OLLU that was mentioned in the rankings was Oklahoma Science and Arts who just missed out on getting a ranking, being in the non-ranked group.
The Red River Athletic Conference is only represented by OLLU in the top 25, with the Saints being the only RRAC team to receive votes. When looking at the conference break down, OLLU are expected to be challenged by St. Thomas or Houston-Victoria for the conference title, reflecting the standings of conference play in 2015.