KCAC soccer

polls released

WICHITA — Below are the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference pre-season soccer coaches polls:

WOMEN

Ottawa 121 (11 first place votes)

Oklahoma Wesleyan 100

Kansas Wesleyan 95 (1)

Friends 90

McPherson 79

Tabor 74

Sterling 62

Saint Mary 49

Southwestern 45

Bethany 43

York 21

Bethel 13

MEN

Oklahoma Wesleyan 120 (10)

McPherson 109 (1)

Kansas Wesleyan 99 (1)

Ottawa 87

Friends 68

Bethany 67

Tabor 55

York 48

Sterling 46

Bethel 42

Saint Mary 32

Southwestern 19

Shockers picked

to win AAC

WICHITA — The Wichita State volleyball team was picked as the favorite to win the American Athletic Conference in the coaches pre-season poll.

Wichita State was chosen ahead of Cincinnati, Temple and SMU.

The Shockers claimed seven of the 12 first-place votes, while Cincinnati took the other five.

A pair of Newton High School graduates were selected to the pre-season team — Emily Hiebert and Abbie Lehman. Hiebert was a unanimous selection to the team.

Lehman was an honorable mention All-American last season and a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection. Lehman averaged 2.68 kills and 1.27 blocks a set.

Hiebert was the MVC setter of the year, averaging 10.64 assists and 2.81 digs a set. Hiebert is a two-time All-MVC pick.

Wichita State begins its first year of play in the AAC. The Shockers were 24-8 last season, 15-3 in MVC play, winning the conference post-season tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

The Shockers open the season Aug. 26 in Nashville against Lipscomb at the LUV Invitational. Conference play begins Sept. 22 at Temple.

2017 American Athletic Conference

Preseason Coaches Poll

Wichita State (7) 116

Cincinnati (5) 113

Temple 101

SMU 90

UCF 82

USF 62

UConn 60

Tulane 55

Tulsa 45

Memphis 31

East Carolina 25

Houston 12

Preseason Team

Kia Bright, UCF-u

Kayla Williams, UConn

Carly Nolan, Cincinnati

Jordan Thompson, Cincinnati

Jade Tingelhoff, Cincinnati-u

Katie Hegarty, SMU-u

Kendall Patterson, SMU

Kaylie McHugh, Tulane

Irem Asci, Temple-u

Izzy Rapacz, Temple-u

Emily Hiebert, Wichita State-u

Abbie Lehman, Wichita State

Preseason Player of the Year — Jordan Thompson, Cincinnati-u

u-Denotes unanimous selection

Wingnuts down

Kansas City

WICHITA – The Wichita Wingnuts downed the Kansas City T-Bones for the second straight game, winning 7-1 Tuesday night in American Association play at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Tyler Kane (9-1) went seven innings in the win, allowing an unearned run on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Alex Boshers went to the bullpen in the seventh inning, allowing a hit. Mike Devine struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth inning.

Christian Stringer finished the game five for five hitting, driving in two runs.

Brent Clevlen opened the scoring with a two-run home run with one out in the bottom of the first inning. Stringer hit a two-run double with one out in the bottom of the second inning. Wichita added two more runs in the third inning on an error and Brennan Salgado sacrifice fly.

The T-Bones scored on an error in the top of the sixth. Martin Medina hit an RBI single for Wichita in the bottom of the sixth.

T-Bone starter Gabe Perez (7-5) took the loss, allowing six earned runs on nine hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings. Rich Mascheri and Cory Winlarski each threw a scoreless inning.

Marcus Lemon and Kevin Keyes each went two for four hitting for the T-Bones.

Kansas City drops to 47-34, remaining two games behind Lincoln in the AA Central. Wichita is 48-32, 11 1/2 games ahead of Cleburne in the AA South.

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Perez (L, 7-5), Mascheri 7, Winlarski 8 and Chavez; Kane (W, 9-1), Boshers 8, Devine 9 and M.Medina. HR — W: Clevlen (8). Time — 2:42. Attendance — 2,247.