KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Texas at Brownsville remains at the top spot in the fourth edition of the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Scorpions were 3-0 last week and received 21 of 22 first-place votes and collected 622 points. This is the sixth-consecutive week Texas at Brownsville has been ranked No. 1.
In the 3-0 week for the Scorpions, they defeated Wayland Baptist (Texas)(19-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-18), Southwest (N.M.)(25-19, 25-10, 25-11) and Lubbock Christian (Texas) (25-22, 25-27, 25-17, 25-17). Texas at Brownsville only dropped two sets in three games.
The rest of the top five remains the same as last week's edition. Concordia (Calif.) earned the last first-place vote garnered 602 points. No. 3 Columbia (Mo.) earned 582, No. 4 Biola (Calif.) notched 562 points and No. 5 Westmont (Calif.) tallied 538 points to round out the top five.
No team made a significant jump within the rankings as only five Top-25 squads improved their positions. No. 17 Madonna (Mich.), No. 18 Indiana East, No. 20 Viterbo (Wis.), No. 21 Midland (Neb.) and No. 22 Cornerstone (Mich.) all moved up one spot
With a 4-1 record last week, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) joins the Top 25 for the first time since falling out after the preseason poll. The Pioneers are ranked No. 25.
Falling from the rankings is Carroll (Mont.) (No.25).
Sixteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) with four ranked teams. Representing the GSAC are Concordia, Biola, Westmont and No. 13 The Master's (Calif.)
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Independents. The fourth regular-season poll will be announced on Oct. 2.
Notes: (All information as of 2000) Texas at Brownsville's 14 No. 1 rankings are the fourth-most all-time ... Former member, Fresno Pacific (Calif.), has the most No. 1 appearances with 70, followed by former member National American (S.D.) with 32 and Columbia (Mo.) with 20... Texas at Brownsville has been ranked No. 1 in 14 of the last 17 weeks... Concordia (Calif.) has the longest active streak in the Top 25 as it has been ranked for 77-straight polls; right behind Concordia is Biola (Calif.) as it has been ranked in 76-straight polls... Only four undefeated teams remain in the Nation; all four teams are in the Top 25... MidAmeric Nazarene (Kan.) returns to the Top 25 since falling out after the preseason poll... The top four positions remained the same for the fourth-consecutive week... There has only been one program that has been able to maintain the No. 1 ranking for an entire season with Fresno Pacific accomplishing the feat in 2004, 2008 and 2009.2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 4
|RANK||LAST Time||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Texas at Brownsville (21)||12-0||622|
|2||2||Concordia (Calif.) (1)||16-0||602|
|9||9||Cal State San Marcos||15-8||459|
|12||12||Grand View (Iowa)||17-4||403|
|13||13||The Master’s (Calif.)||15-2||385|
|15||15||College of Idaho||11-4||337|
|24||24||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||8-5||170|
|25||RV||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||12-4||131|
Others receiving votes: Carroll (Mont.) 110; Park (Mo.) 58; Bellevue (Neb.) 54; Northwestern (Iowa) 47; Southern Oregon 27; Point Park (Pa.) 25; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 22; Spring Hill (Ala.) 20; Northwestern Ohio 18; Jamestown (N.D.) 9; Ottawa (Kan.) 9; Westminster (Utah) 8; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 5; Grace (Ind.) 3; Eastern Oregon 3; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3.