In the Mid-American Conference's annual preseason coaches poll, the Ball State women's volleyball team is the favorite to win the MAC West. Last season the Cardinals finished 13-18, and posted a 9-7 record within MAC play.

Junior outside hitter Brooklyn Goodsel was selected to the MAC West all-preseason team, which is also selected by conference coaches. Last season she recorded 346 kills in 117 sets played.

Four different MAC West teams received votes to win the division: Ball State, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Toledo. 

Miami was the near unanimous pick to win the MAC East, with 11 of 12 coaches picking the RedHawks to win the division. The only other team receiving a vote was Ohio.

The preseason poll was as follows:

MAC East

1. Miami - 71 (11)

2. Ohio - 58 (1)

3. Kent State - 49

4. Buffalo - 31

5. Bowling Green - 29

6. Akron - 14

MAC West

1. Ball State - 61 (4)

2. Northern Illinois - 57 (3)

3. Western Michigan - 50 (3)

4. Toledo - 46 (2)

5. Central Michigan - 26

6. Eastern Michigan - 12

Ball State opens the season on Friday when they play Indiana at 7 p.m.