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Tigers Preseason No. 21

Doane College, coming off a 24-16 season, starts out the 2006 campaign ranked No. 21 in the NAIA preseason poll released today. 

Doane qualified for the NAIA National Tournament last year and finished third in the regional tournament for the third straight year. 

The Tigers are coached by Cindy Meyer as she starts her 20th season at Doane. 

Doane opens their season on August 25 in Dearborn, Mich., in the University of Michigan-Dearborn Earlybird Tournament.  The Tigers are one of three ranked teams in the tournament, joining No. 5 Madonna (Mich.) and No. 13 Georgetown (Ky.). 

Reigning NAIA champion California Baptist, who defeated Doane in four games at the national tournament, is the preseason favorite.