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Top 25 Poll - Final

November 13, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Concordia (Calif.) grabbed a unanimous No. 1 ranking for the third-consecutive week in the final Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the NAIA announced Sunday. The Eagles wrapped up a 32-1 regular season by winning their final 31 matches. Concordia, who finished a perfect 18-0 in Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) play, received all 22 first-place votes for a total of 622 points.

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
3 4 Lee (Tenn.) 30-2 580
4 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 29-4 551
5 3 Columbia (Mo.) 35-3 538
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
9 13 Biola (Calif.) 23-12 460
10 12 Southern Oregon 21-4 444
11 11 Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 15-11 405
12 8 College of Idaho 23-3 400
13 15 Indiana Wesleyan 34-4 376
14 10 Vanguard (Calif.) 21-12 353
15 19 Missouri Baptist 35-4 315
16 18 Spring Hill (Ala.) 38-1 310
17 17 Indiana Tech 33-5 307
18 14 Taylor (Ind.) 29-7 305
18 16 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 18-8 305
20 20 Oklahoma Baptist 31-10 261
21 21 Bellevue (Neb.) 29-6 229
22 22 Grand View (Iowa) 38-6 190
23 23 Carroll (Mont.) 18-8 125
24 RV Cal State San Marcos 29-7 119
25 25 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 27-8 96

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.