BAY CITY - Michigan Tech was picked to finish fifth in the eight-team Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division in preseason coaches' voting released Wednesday in conjunction with the league Media Day website launch.
Four different teams received first-place votes within the North, including No. 1 pick Grand Valley St., which received six and a total of 108 points.
Wayne State and Hillsdale both received four first-place votes, with the Warriors receiving 99 points to the Chargers' 96.
Wayne State, which was national runner-up in 2011, and Hillsdale, the South Division and overall GLIAC champion, were both moved from the South to the North Division to make room for new GLIAC members Walsh and Malone, plus Notre Dame (Ohio), which joins the league as an affiliate member.
Longtime GLIAC foe Indianapolis has left the league to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Saginaw Valley State received two first-place votes and 87 points.
The Huskies landed in fifth with 66 points. They are followed in the North Division ranking by Ferris State, Northern Michigan and Northwood.
In the South Division, Ashland received a majority of the first-place nods, getting 10 of 16 votes. Five more went to second-place Ohio Dominican and the 16th vote to Findlay.
Lake Erie and Walsh were picked fourth and fifth, Tiffin and Notre Dame tied for sixth and Malone rounded out the ranking.
Tech plays Walsh, Tiffin and Findlay from the South this season.