KANSAS CITY - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion volleyball team made its highest appearance ever in the NAIA national ratings, coming in at No. 18 in the 2012 Preseason Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
After advancing to the NAIA National Tournament Final Site last year and finishing the year ranked No. 21, the Lady Lions garnered enough national attention to make their first-ever preseason poll appearance in the top 25. The ranking of No. 21 was previously the best in program history.
FHU will have its ranking tested early in the season when it faces No. 12 Spring Hill (Ala.) College at the Faulkner University Invitational in Montgomery, Ala., on Sept. 7. The Lady Lions also have preseason No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 11 Taylor (Ind.) and No. 25 Indiana University East on the schedule.
The Lady Lions open the 2012 season on Sept. 1 with a visit to former TranSouth Conference member Lyon (Ark.) College.