The Lady Eagles will start the season towards the top.

In the Kansas Volleyball Association preseason rankings released Wednesday, Wellsville High School was eighth in 3A.

Wellsville is coming off a 37-5 season where a tiebreaker in the state tournament left them out of bracket play.

The Lady Eagles kick off the season 8 a.m. Saturday at the Burlington Tournament.

Other notable area teams ranked in the polls were Frontier League schools Louisburg (third in 4A DI), Paola (sixth in 4A DI) and Piper (eighth in 4A DI).

2017 KVA preseason rankings

3A

1. Hesston

2. Thomas More Prep — Marian

3. Silver Lake

4. Cheney

5. Kingman

6. Douglass

7. Nemaha Central

8. Wellsville

9. Humboldt

10. St. Marys