The entire 24-team field for the 2011 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round will be announced Sunday by 1 p.m. CST. The official pairings for the 2011 Volleyball National Championship will be announced Sunday by 6 p.m. CST.
Some shuffling occurred in the top five as Columbia (Mo.) moved back two spots with 538 points to No. 5 after a 25-23, 25-18, 25-23 loss to then-No. 19 Missouri Baptist in the American Midwest Conference (AMC) Tournament final. No. 2 Texas at Brownsville retained its position by capturing the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament championship over Wiley (Texas). No. 3 Lee (Tenn.) and No. 4 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) each moved up one slot with 580 and 551 points, respectively. The Lady Flames hoisted the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament crown, while the Eagles did the same at the The Sun Conference Tournament.
No. 9 Biola (Calif.) and No. 15 Missouri Baptist made the biggest leaps in the poll as both moved up four spots. The Eagles concluded the regular season with three-straight conference victories and finished in a tie for fourth in the GSAC. The Spartans came through with one of the biggest upsets in conference tournament action by knocking off then-No. 3 Columbia to win the AMC Tournament title.
The largest drops were experienced by No. 12 College of Idaho and No. 18 Taylor (Ind.), who each fell four places. College of Idaho dropped a 25-17, 25-19, 25-14 decision to then-No. 12 Southern Oregon in the Cascade Collegiate Tournament final on Saturday, while Taylor was defeated 26-24, 15-25, 27-29, 29-27, 17-15 in the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament championship.
There is only one team new to the Top 25 with No. 24 Cal State San Marcos. The Cougars climbed as high as No. 15 in the polls this season before going unranked the past two weeks. Cal State San Marcos claimed an Association of Independent Institutions Tournament championship on Saturday. The Cougars replaced College of the Ozarks (Mo.), who was No. 24 last week.
The GSAC made it a ninth-straight week with six member Top-25 schools, a figure that leads all leagues. The GSAC is represented by Concordia, No. 6 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Biola, No. 11 Fresno Pacific (Calif.), No. 14 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 18 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.). The Frontier Conference stands alone in second with three ranked squads: No. 7 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), No. 8 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and No. 23 Carroll (Mont.). Four 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’s (Calif.) three No. 1 rankings tie Dickinson State (N.D.) and Lee (Tenn.) for the fifth most all-time ... Fresno Pacific 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 83 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 ... Five schools have been rated in the top 10 of every poll this season: Azusa Pacific, Columbia, Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Lee and Texas at Brownsville ... No. 9 Biola (Calif.) is back in the top 10 for the first time since being rated No. 5 in the preseason poll … No. 16 Spring Hill (Ala.) entered conference tournament action as the only unbeaten team in the NAIA but fell 25-22, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21 to Lee in the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament championship … Spring Hill and Concordia have the fewest losses among ranked squads with one.
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Concordia (Calif.) (22)||32-1||622|
|2||2||Texas at Brownsville||26-2||602|
|6||6||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||27-6||533|
|7||9||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||27-4||499|
|8||7||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||21-4||461|
|11||11||Fresno Pacific (Calif.)||15-11||405|
|12||8||College of Idaho||23-3||400|
|16||18||Spring Hill (Ala.)||38-1||310|
|18||16||Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)||18-8||305|
|22||22||Grand View (Iowa)||38-6||190|
|24||RV||Cal State San Marcos||29-7||119|
Others receiving votes: College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 86; Morningside (Iowa) 80; Indiana East 74; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 54; Eastern Oregon 52; Shorter (Ga.) 43; Point Park (Pa.) 21; Westmont (Calif.) 17; Doane (Neb.) 15; Madonna (Mich.) 10; Robert Morris (Ill.) 8; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 7; La Sierra (Calif.) 7; Kansas Wesleyan 6; Viterbo (Wis.) 5; Asbury (Ky.) 3; The Master's (Calif.) 3; Grace (Ind.) 3; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 3; Georgetown (Ky.) 1; Baker (Kan.) 1; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 1; Cornerstone (Mich.) 1; Wiley (Texas) 1; Evangel (Mo.) 1.