New conference for Tigers beginning the 2017-2018 school year.

Oklahoma City University is the choice among Sooner Athletic Conference coaches to win the 2017 volleyball race, according to votes cast in the annual preseason poll. 

The Stars received nine first place votes from the 12 head coaches who voted in the poll. No coach was allowed to vote for their own team. OCU, which finished 32-5,last year winning their second conference tournament title, polled 130 points. Wayland Baptist, a runner-up in 2016, was picked second with two first-place votes and 117 points.

The remainder of the teams in the poll were Texas Wesleyan in third, John Brown finished fourth and St. Gregory’s fifth, Southwestern Assemblies of God was sixth, followed by Southwestern Christian in seventh, Mid-America Christian in eighth and conference newcomer Oklahoma Panhandle State in ninth. The poll concludes with Central Christian in 10th place followed by Science and Arts in 11th and Bacone College in 12th.

The final regular-season standings will determine the seeds for the SAC post-season tournament scheduled to begin Tuesday, Nov. 7. The winner of the SAC Tournament and the regular-season winner will receive automatic berths into the NAIA National Tournament.