The University of Illinois Springfield was voted in a preseason coaches poll to finish seventh out of eight teams in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division.
Bellarmine was picked to win the division and received nine first-place votes for 114 points.
Wisconsin-Parkside received two first-place votes and earned 90 points. Lewis and Indianapolis also received first-place votes and tied for third with 88 points. Southern Indiana was fifth with 76 points and one first-place vote. McKendree (46), UIS (34) and Saint Joseph's (32) were sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.
Quincy was chosen to finish first in the GLVC West Division.
UIS was 11-18 overall and 5-13 in the GLVC last season. The Prairie Stars open the season in an exhibition against Northwestern Friday.
This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on October 30, 2016.
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