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Top 25 Poll - No. 6

October 11, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Texas at Brownsville continued its domination of the Red River Athletic Conference with a pair of straight-set victories over the past week and remained a unanimous No. 1 choice for the fifth week in-a-row in the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Scorpions took all 22 first-place votes and 622 points to top the sixth regular-season edition of the poll.

While Texas at Brownsville kept its hold on the No. 1 spot, Concordia (Calif.) became the fourth team this season to be ranked No. 2. The Eagles, who garnered 600 points, are unbeaten in Golden State Athletic Conference play (GSAC) and boast a 19-match winning streak. Columbia (Mo.) moved up one spot to No. 3 with 584 points and Lee (Tenn.) also jumped one place to No. 4 with 553 points. Embry-Riddle (Fla.), which lost to Shorter (Ga.) and then-No. 4 Columbia on Oct. 7, fell back three spots to No. 5 with 541 points.

Biola (Calif.) made the largest leap of all ranked teams, going from No. 15 to No. 12 this week. The Eagles improved their GSAC mark to 5-3 with wins over then-No. 9 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) and San Diego Christian (Calif.) last week. A pair of teams improved two places: No. 16 Southern Oregon and No. 19 Spring Hill (Ala.). Indiana East checks in at No. 25 after a week absence from the rankings.

Madonna (Mich.), ranked 23rd a week ago, is the only team to drop out of the Top 25. The Crusaders have lost four of their last six matches, including a 3-0 defeat to Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference rival Cornerstone (Mich.) on Oct. 7. Bellevue (Neb.), which fell from 14th to 19th, and Point Loma Nazarene, which went from ninth to 14th, experienced the largest fall among ranked teams.

For the fourth-consecutive week, the GSAC placed six teams in the poll. The GSAC, which has led all leagues in Top 25 squads each week this season, is represented by Concordia, No. 7 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), No. 8 Fresno Pacific (Calif.), Biola, Point Loma Nazarene and No. 21 Vanguard (Calif.). The Frontier Conference again garnered the second-most ranked schools with three and four leagues put two teams in the Top 25.

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. 18.

Notes: (all information as of 2000) Texas at Brownsville’s six 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 to 78 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, is one of 18 teams to appear in all six regular-season polls … No. 2 Concordia (Calif.) follows Columbia (Mo.), Lee (Tenn.) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) as the fourth team to be ranked second this season … This is the third week in-a-row in which only one school fell out of the Top 25 … Bellevue (Neb.) had been ranked between 14th and 16th in every poll this year until dropping to No. 19 this week.

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Texas at Brownsville (22) 18-0 622
2 3 Concordia (Calif.) 20-1 600
3 4 Columbia (Mo.) 17-2 584
4 5 Lee (Tenn.) 16-2 553
5 2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 16-3 541
6 7 College of Idaho 16-1 518
7 8 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 19-4 515
8 6 Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 10-5 470
9 10 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 18-3 461
10 11 Indiana Tech 22-3 422
11 12 Taylor (Ind.) 17-3 408
12 15 Biola (Calif.) 17-7 403
13 13 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 12-3 397
14 9 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 12-4 361
15 16 Cal State San Marcos 16-6 328
16 18 Southern Oregon 13-4 301
17 17 Missouri Baptist 22-2 299
18 19 Indiana Wesleyan 19-4 268
19 14 Bellevue (Neb.) 18-5 256
19 21 Spring Hill (Ala.) 27-0 256
21 22 Vanguard (Calif.) 15-8 248
22 20 Oklahoma Baptist 21-9 243
23 24 Viterbo (Wis.) 29-4 174
24 25 Carroll (Mont.) 12-5 120
25 RV Indiana East 24-5 95

Others Receiving Votes: College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 77; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 75; Cornerstone (Mich.) 57; Grand View (Iowa) 49; Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 34; Shorter (Ga.) 31; Madonna (Mich.) 28; Morningside (Iowa) 26; Point Park (Pa.) 23; Eastern Oregon 18; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 7; Grace (Ind.) 5; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 3; Kansas Wesleyan 3; Hastings (Neb.) 3; Asbury (Ky.) 3; Great Falls (Mont.) 1; Evangel (Mo.) 1; Baker (Kan.) 1; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 1; Campbellsville (Ky.) 1; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 1; Wiley (Texas) 1.