Teams two-through-eight also held their positions from last week. Embry-Riddle (Fla.) remained No. 2 with 568 points after improving to 6-0 in The Sun Conference with wins over Warner (Fla.) and Webber International (Fla.) in the last week. Third-ranked Concordia (Calif.), coming off a significant 3-0 win at No. 6 Fresno Pacific (Calif.) in the “NAIA Match of the Week” on Oct. 1, grabbed 556 points. Columbia (Mo.) checks in again at No. 4 with 530 points and Lee (Tenn.) remains at No. 5 with 515 points.
Indiana Wesleyan made the biggest jump in the new poll, going from receiving votes one week ago to No. 19 this week. The Wildcats enjoyed a week in which they upset three ranked teams, including then-No. 9 Indiana Tech, previously sixteenth-ranked Madonna (Mich.) and then-No. 25 Indiana East. Head coach Candace Moats has led Indiana Wesleyan to an 18-3 overall record and 7-1 Mid-Central College Conference mark.
Indiana East, ranked No. 25 last week, was the only team to drop out of the poll. The Red Wolves suffered straight-set losses to Indiana Tech and Indiana Wesleyan over the past week. Meanwhile, Madonna (Mich.) experienced the largest fall as it moved from No. 16 to No. 23 due to losses in three of its last four matches.
The Golden State Athletic Conference boasts six schools in the poll for the third-consecutive week and leads all conferences. The GSAC is represented by No. 3 Concordia, No. 6 Fresno Pacific, No. 8 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), No. 9 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), No. 15 Biola (Calif.) and No. 22 Vanguard (Calif.). The Frontier Conference ranked second with three members included in the Top 25. Five leagues placed two teams in the rankings.
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 Oct. 11.
Notes: (all information as of 2000) Texas at Brownsville’s five No. 1 rankings are the fourth-most … Fresno Pacific (Calif.) has the most No. 1 appearances with 70, followed by former NAIA member National American (S.D.) with 32 and Columbia (Mo.) with 20 … Azusa Pacific (Calif.) extended its NAIA-leading poll-streak with 77-consecutive … Seventeen teams have been ranked in every poll this season … Thirty-five different teams have appeared in the Top 25 in 2011 … Viterbo (Wis.), which had never been ranked prior to this season, has now been included in five-straight polls … Embry-Riddle (Fla.) is the first squad to be ranked No. 2 for three-consecutive weeks this season … This is the second week in-a-row in which only one school fell out of the rankings … Bellevue (Neb.) spent the first three polls at No. 16 and the previous two at No. 15 before climbing to 14th this week.
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2011 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Texas at Brownsville (21)||16-0||591|
|6||6||Fresno Pacific (Calif.)||9-4||488|
|7||7||College of Idaho||13-1||485|
|8||8||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||17-4||455|
|9||10||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||11-3||433|
|10||11||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||18-3||423|
|13||14||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||12-3||362|
|16||17||Cal State San Marcos||16-5||297|
|21||22||Spring Hill (Ala.)||22-0||212|
Others receiving votes: Indiana East 80; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 77; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 63; Midland (Neb.) 62; Evangel (Mo.) 41; Grand View (Iowa) 35; Eastern Oregon 29; Great Falls (Mont.) 14; Morningside (Iowa) 6; Wiley (Texas) 6; College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 4; Point Park (Pa.) 3; Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 1; St. Thomas (Texas) 1; Asbury (Ky.) 1; Park (Mo.) 1; Kansas Wesleyan 1; Cornerstone (Mich.) 1; Baker (Kan.) 1; Doane (Neb.) 1; Campbellsville (Ky.) 1; Grace (Ind.) 1.