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Top 25 Poll - No. 3

September 20, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A classic five-set tussle between No. 1 Texas at Brownsville and then-No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) on Sept. 16 convinced voters to place the two squads atop the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Scorpions remained a unanimous No. 1 with 622 points, while the Eagles jumped to No. 2 with 597 points, the national office announced Tuesday.

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
2 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 8-1 597
3 7 Concordia (Calif.) 13-1 580
4 6 Columbia (Mo.) 9-2 549
5 3 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 14-3 538
6 2 Lee (Tenn.) 7-7 520
7 5 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 9-1 496
8 8 College of Idaho 9-1 491
9 9 Indiana Tech 14-0 479
10 13 Biola (Calif.) 14-4 426
11 12 Doane (Neb.) 18-1 414
12 10 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 13-3 399
13 15 Taylor (Ind.) 9-2 363
14 11 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 9-3 357
15 16 Bellevue (Neb.) 13-4 339
16 18 Madonna (Mich.) 13-1 304
17 17 Cal State San Marcos 14-5 301
18 14 Southern Oregon 6-4 272
19 18 Viterbo (Wis.) 17-2 268
20 RV Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 5-3 258
21 20 Missouri Baptist 13-1 234
22 23 Oklahoma Baptist 12-9 181
23 21 Vanguard (Calif.) 11-6 164
24 RV Spring Hill (Ala.) 15-0 123
25 RV Carroll (Mont.) 9-4 117

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.