KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Concordia (Calif.) remains a unanimous No. 1 choice for the second week in-a-row in the final regular-season edition of the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Eagles, who will enter postseason play with 29-straight wins, collected all 21 first-place votes and 591 points. Concordia concluded a 30-1 regular season in which it won its first Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) regular-season crown in program history.
The final poll for the 2011 season will be released Sunday by 1 p.m. CST, following the completion of the conference/independent/unaffiliated tournaments. The 24-team field for the 2011 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round will be announced Sunday by 6 p.m. CST.
No. 2 Texas at Brownsville of the Red River Athletic Conference and No. 3 Columbia (Mo.) of the American Midwest Conference also finished up with perfect conference records and will enter their league tournaments as No. 1 seeds. The Scorpions collected 571 points and the Cougars garnered 552 points. No. 4 Lee (Tenn.) and No. 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) maintained hold on their poll positions with 513 and 494 points, respectively, as the top five went unchanged from a week ago.
Only slight movements occurred within the poll with No. 10 Vanguard (Calif.) making the biggest jump, climbing three spots this week. The Lions defeated then-No. 9 Fresno Pacific (Calif.) on Nov. 5 to complete GSAC play in a third-place tie with the Sunbirds. Overall, seven Top-25 squads improved their rankings from a week ago as five of those teams jumped one spot. No. 12 Southern Oregon is up two slots after a second-place finish in the Cascade Collegiate Conference regular-season standings.
Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and La Sierra (Calif.) traded places as the Lady Lions make their first appearance in the Top 25 dating back to records as of 2000. Freed-Hardeman is set to face the TranSouth Athletic Conference's top seed in Bethel (Tenn.) in a quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday. Despite a six-match winning streak, the Golden Eagles fell just outside the rankings. While seven ranked teams gave ground in the poll, the largest drop was only two places.
The GSAC placed six members in the rankings for the eighth-consecutive week and again led all leagues. The GSAC is represented by Concordia, No. 6 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Fresno Pacific, Vanguard, No. 13 Biola and No. 16 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.). The Frontier Conference stands alone in second with three ranked squads: No. 7 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), No. 9 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and No. 23 Carroll (Mont.). Five conferences placed two schools in the poll.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents.
Notes: (All information as of 2000) Concordia (Calif.) appeared at No. 1 last week for the first time in school history ... Texas at Brownsville is the fifth team this season to appear at No. 2, following Columbia (Mo.), Lee (Tenn.), Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and Concordia ... Fresno Pacific has the most No. 1 appearances with 70, followed by former NAIA member National American (S.D.) with 32 and Columbia with 20 ... Azusa Pacific (Calif.) extended its NAIA-leading poll-streak to 82 consecutive ... Seventeen teams have been ranked in every poll this season ... There have been 38 different teams that have appeared in the Top 25 in 2011 ... Six schools have been rated in the top 10 of every poll this season: Azusa Pacific, College of Idaho, Columbia, Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Lee (Tenn.) and Texas at Brownsville ... Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) is ranked for the first time.
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Concordia (Calif.) (21)||30-1||591|
|2||2||Texas at Brownsville||24-2||571|
|6||7||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||25-6||494|
|7||8||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||19-3||470|
|8||6||College of Idaho||22-2||457|
|9||10||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||24-4||437|
|11||9||Fresno Pacific (Calif.)||14-10||388|
|16||17||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||16-8||294|
|18||19||Spring Hill (Ala.)||36-0||283|
|22||22||Grand View (Iowa)||36-7||183|
|24||24||College of the Ozarks (Mo.)||28-7||116|
Others Receiving Votes: La Sierra (Calif.) 81; Doane (Neb.) 73; Eastern Oregon 49; Indiana East 46; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 34; Cal State San Marcos 33; Madonna (Mich.) 32; Shorter (Ga.) 32; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 26; Point Park (Pa.) 18; Morningside (Iowa) 13; Baker (Kan.) 6; Grace (Ind.) 5; Westmont (Calif.) 4; Kansas Wesleyan 3; Asbury (Ky.) 3; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 1; Viterbo (Wis.) 1; The Master's (Calif.) 1; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 1; Georgetown (Ky.) 1; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 1; Evangel (Mo.) 1; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 1; Wiley (Texas) 1; Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 1; Campbellsville (Ky.) 1.