Tech women picked to win North

HOUGHTON – Early anticipations for the Michigan Tech basketball teams are positive, as demonstrated by GLIAC Preseason Polls released Thursday on the conference website.

Coach Kim Cameron’s women’s team was the voters’ pick to win the GLIAC North, getting the nod from 16 of 24 first-place votes.

Wayne State got the other eight first-place votes and finished with 167 poll points to the Huskies’ 177. Grand Valley State was third in the voting.

Defending national champion Ashland, which returns only two starters from last season, topped the South Division by a single point.

On the men’s side, the Huskies were tabbed for third in a crowded field in the North. The 24 first-place votes were split among four teams, with the Huskies collective five.

Wayne State finished atop the men’s poll with 10 first-place votes and 172 points, followed by Grand Valley (6 firsts, 159 points), the Huskies and Ferris State.

Findlay, which won the GLIAC Tournament at the SDC last March, was the unanimous pick to finish atop the South.

Individually, four Tech players were recognized: Jillian Ritchie and Austin Armga were picked for the Preseason All-GLIAC North Division First Team, while Dani Blake and Ben Stelzer were selected to the Second Team.