Doane will begin the 2006-07 campaign ranked No. 11 in the NAIA Preseason Top 25. The Tigers finished No. 8 last year in the poll and return four starters and four reserves.
The Tigers feature one of the toughest schedule this year as they will face seven team ranked in the NAIA Division II Top 25 or receiving votes. Doane will also face three teams ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Division I Top 25 poll.
The Tigers open the season this evening at College of St. Mary. The Flames finished last year ranked in the Top 20 and are receiving votes in the poll released this afternoon.
Hastings College is the defending national champion and has been tabbed the preseason No. 1 team. The Broncos opened their season with a win over Peru State on Oct. 31 and will face No. 6 Dakota State on Friday, November 3 in the Sioux Falls Classic.
Other GPAC school ranked in the Top 25 are Northwestern College at No. 3 and Morningside is No. 7. Mount Marty College is receiving votes.