This continues our series of daily articles previewing each men's and women's college conference. All the conference previews can be found here.
Some tough-to-call battles for conference championships are on tap as the Missouri Valley and Mid American conferences prepare to being their league seasons. Read on to see how the teams stack up for the upcoming season.
Missouri Valley Conference
Defending regular season and MVC Tournament champion Illinois State will try to defend its crown, but the list of teams looking to ascend to the league title is a long one. Drew Roff’s Redbirds return leading scorers Jessica Carlson, Alyssa Schulz and Rachel Bostick.
Tom Anagnost’s team is loaded again, returning goalkeeping standout Shay Mannino and the entire starting defensive unit, along with forwards Chelsi Abbott and Laura Twidle and midfielder Valerie Prause.
Toledo had won 3 consecutive MAC Tournament prior to last season. Erin Flynn and Lauren Baker lead the list of returning Rockets. Eastern Michigan also returns some strength, including Chelsea Detrick and Julie Kaim.
Nikolette Rivera and Nicole Dulyea are back at Western Michigan, while Mo Smunt and Kelsey Passaglia are back at Northern Illinois. Jordan Baranowski returns at Akron, while Kristina Anderson and Cortney Coombs will be in action for Ball State.
Kelsey Pichel returns at Ohio(w) while Brooke Livingston in back at Miami(OH)(w) and Stephanie Velez at Buffalo. Keely Chandler will be back at Bowling Green. Kellyn Flanagan and Vanessa Salerno will lead the offense at Kent State.