ICC Volleyball, Men’s Soccer Get Preseason Rankings

Two Illinois Central College teams were named to the NJCAA preseason rankings on Wednesday.

Defending Region 24 champions, the men’s soccer team has been ranked No. 10 of the top 20 in Div. I. They are coming off of a 10-10-2 record from the 2017-18 season but were No. 1 in penalty kicks with a 19-21 conversion rate.

“The team is looking to build on the success of last year’s team which made it to the National Championship Tournament,” Coach Oz Bakirdan said. “Returning eight sophomores led by David Alvarez, Vicent Garcia, Federico Zanna and Gaye Diade, along with a strong recruiting class.”

The Cougars open the season at home Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m. against Iowa Central Community College with the women’s team following up at 4 p.m. that same day for a doubleheader.

The women’s volleyball team holds a No. 16 ranking of the top 20 in Div. II. Returning are six sophomores led by outside hitter Mary O’Brien.

Returning from a 29-10 season, the Lady Cougars open their season Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. at home in Ramsey Gym against No. 9 Iowa Central.