Texas at Brownsville kept its stranglehold on the top ranking by improving its mark to 14-0, which includes wins over three teams ranked in the top five. Embry-Riddle, led by star outside hitter Abby Hall, showed its mettle in hanging tough with the Scorpions on the road. In its other two matches last week, the Eagles beat No. 23 Oklahoma Baptist and unranked Our Lady of the Lake (Texas).
Third-ranked Concordia (Calif.), fourth-ranked Columbia (Mo.) and fifth-ranked Azusa Pacific (Calif.) round out the top five. Concordia’s 580 points pushed it up four spots from last week. Columbia tallied 549 points as it returned to the top five, while Azusa Pacific dropped two spots with 538 points.
Preseason No. 1 Fresno Pacific (Calif.) makes a reappearance in the poll after going unranked last week for the first time dating back to 2000. The No. 20 Sunbirds, winners of five-straight, registered a huge win over then-No. 5 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) on Sept. 17. Meanwhile, No. 24 Spring Hill (Ala.) and No. 25 Carroll (Mont.) have entered the top 25 for the first time in 2011. Spring Hill, which boasts the NAIA Player of the Week and national kills-per-set leader Yiting Cao, joins Texas at Brownsville and Indiana Tech as the only unbeaten teams left in the NAIA.
Grand View (Iowa), Indiana East and Great Falls (Mont.) fell out of the rankings after each lost to unranked opponents over the last week.
The Golden State Athletic Conference nudged its total Top 25 representatives back up to six to again lead all conferences. The Frontier Conference is second with three ranked members. Five leagues each have two squads that appear in the poll.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Independents. The next poll will be announced on Sept. 27.
Notes: (all information as of 2000) Texas at Brownsville’s three No. 1 appearances ties it with Dickinson State (N.D.) and Lee (Tenn.) for the fourth most … Azusa Pacific (Calif.) extended its NAIA-leading consecutive-poll streak to 75 … Lee fell from the top five for the first time since Nov. 10, 2009 … Thirty-six different schools have been ranked at some point in 2011 … 18 teams have been ranked in all four polls this season … Fresno Pacific (Calif.), which has been ranked No. 1 more than any other school, made the largest jump this week, going from unranked to No. 20 … Embry-Riddle (Fla.) is the third school to be ranked No. 2 this season.
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2011 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Texas at Brownsville (22)||14-0||622|
|5||3||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||14-3||538|
|7||5||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||9-1||496|
|8||8||College of Idaho||9-1||491|
|12||10||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||13-3||399|
|14||11||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||9-3||357|
|17||17||Cal State San Marcos||14-5||301|
|20||RV||Fresno Pacific (Calif.)||5-3||258|
|24||RV||Spring Hill (Ala.)||15-0||123|
Others receiving votes: Grand View (Iowa) 90; Indiana East 81; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 80; Indiana Wesleyan 70; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 51; Great Falls (Mont.) 25; Eastern Oregon 22; Baker (Kan.) 22; College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 16; Point Park (Pa.) 8; Evangel (Mo.) 8; Wiley (Texas) 6; Friends (Kan.) 6; Jamestown (N.D.) 5; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 1; Asbury (Ky.) 1; Concordia (Ore.) 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 1; Cornerstone (Mich.) 1; Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 1; Georgetown (Ky.) 1; Daemen (N.Y.) 1; Texas Wesleyan 1; Grace (Ind.) 1.