Preseason fall sports coaches polls have been released by the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference, which houses Central Christian College.
CCC’s men’s soccer team was picked to finish in a tie for fourth place.
Oklahoma Wesleyan, 19-3 last year including 5-0 in the MCAC, was the prohibitive favorite, with Bellevue voted to place second.
Also ahead of Central was Waldorf College, while the Tigers and Central Baptist College shared fourth. York College came in at No. 6.
Oklahoma Wesleyan’s women also came in first after finishing 6-0 last year in conference play at 14-4-2 overall. Bellevue was second, with College of St. Mary third.
Waldorf and Central Baptist College were fourth and fifth, respectively, while Central Christian College and York shared sixth.
In volleyball, Bellevue was tabbed No. 1 after running the MCAC table last year with a 12-0 record. College of the Ozarks was picked No. 2, followed by Waldorf College and College of St. Mary.
Oklahoma Wesleyan was the swivel team at No. 5, while the final four included York, Haskell, Central Christian College and Central Baptist College.
The Central Christian College volleyball team, under second-year head coach Christina Ludwick, began its preseason training this past week.
The 17-member team arrived on campus on Aug. 6, took care of some preliminaries and then loaded up in two 15-passenger vans and headed to Nashville, Tenn. The team began workouts on Thursday evening at the Club West facility, the organization that Ludwick worked for prior to taking over the CCC program last fall.
This year's team is made up of seven returners, three transfers and seven freshmen. In addition to hosting the Lady Tigers, the directors of the Club West facility have also been organizing and running most of the training sessions.
The trip hasn't been all work though. The CCC coaching staff has had some fun events planned, including some team bonding activities and a local fair. Several meals the ladies have enjoyed while in Nashville were provided by local families of some of Ludwick's former club team players.
The team went to church together on Sunday at Cross Point Church in Nashville, and then was led in team devotions on Monday morning by the Pastor at Cross Point.
"Coming to Nashville has given the girls an opportunity to not only get extra practice time in, but also bond as a team,” Ludwick said. “We have 10 new girls and only seven returners so this time has been pivotal to our development as a young team."
The Lady Tigers, coming off an 8-23 mark in Ludwick's inaugural season, will open up their 2014 campaign at home on Aug. 26 against Bethany College. Match time is 7 p.m.
• CCC Sports Information Director Jeremy Nelson contributed to this story.