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2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 5

October 02, 2012
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Receiving all 23 first-place votes and 653 points, Texas at Brownsville remains the No. 1 team in the fifth edition of the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. This is the seventh-consecutive week the Scorpions have been ranked No. 1.

Texas at Brownsville dominated Red River Athletic Conference play sweeping its three matches last week. The Scorpions defeated Jarvis Christian (Texas) 3-0 (25-5, 25-7, 25-19) and Wiley (Texas) 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-19) on Sept. 28. A day later Texas at Brownsville defeated Texas College 3-0 (25-10, 25-5, 25-8). The wins increase the Scorpions winning streak to 24 matches.

Nos. 2-4 remained the same as Concordia (Calif.) earned 632 points for the second position, followed by No. 3 Columbia (Mo.), which garnered 609 points. Biola (Calif.) holds at No. 4 receiving 592 while Lee (Tenn.) moves up one spot to round out the top 5 with 567 points.

The biggest mover this week was The Master's (Calif.) as it jumped five spots to No. 8. This is the Mustangs first top 10 ranking, dating back to 2000. The Mustangs won all three of its matches last week with over then-No. 5 Westmont (Calif.) 3-1 (19-25, 26-24, 25-15, 25-16), Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 3-0 (25-17, 25-8, 25-19) and Arizona Christian 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-16).

After spending the previous two weeks at No. 5, Westmont falls to No. 10 after dropping its two matches this week.

Despite 15-of-25 teams shuffling positions, no new teams joined the Top 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, The Master's and Westmont.

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. 9.

Notes: (All information as of 2000) Texas at Brownsville's 15 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 15 of the last 18 weeks... Concordia (Calif.) has the longest active streak in the Top 25 as it has been ranked for 78-straight polls; right behind Concordia is Biola (Calif.) with 77-straight polls... Only three undefeated teams remain in the Nation; all three teams are in the Top 25... The top four positions remained the same for the fifth-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... No. 8 is the highest The Master's (Calif.) has been ranked.

2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 5

RANK LAST Time SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Texas at Brownsville (23) 15-0 653
2 2 Concordia (Calif.) 18-0 632
3 3 Columbia (Mo.) 16-1 609
4 4 Biola (Calif.) 18-1 592
5 6 Lee (Tenn.) 14-6 567
6 7 Hastings (Neb.) 15-3 544
7 8 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 12-4 520
8 13 The Master’s (Calif.) 18-2 506
9 10 Indiana Wesleyan 20-1 472
10 5 Westmont (Calif.) 17-4 462
11 9 Cal State San Marcos 16-8 441
12 11 Oklahoma Baptist 19-3 432
13 12 Grand View (Iowa) 18-4 409
14 14 Doane (Neb.) 18-5 380
15 16 Georgetown (Ky.) 16-2 349
15 15 College of Idaho 12-4 349
17 17 Madonna (Mich.) 17-4 320
18 18 Indiana East 20-1 292
19 20 Viterbo (Wis.) 18-4 252
20 19 Missouri Baptist 19-0 251
21 21 Midland (Neb.) 13-6 238
22 22 Cornerstone (Mich.) 12-4 232
23 25 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 13-4 178
24 23 Taylor (Ind.) 12-6 150
25 24 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 9-6 133

Others receiving votes: Park (Mo.) 69; Bellevue (Neb.) 62; Southern Oregon 54; Westminster (Utah) 47; Northwestern Ohio 46; Jamestown (N.D.) 31; Point Park (Pa.) 31; Spring Hill (Ala.) 31; Dordt (Iowa)30; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 11; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 10; Carroll (Mont.) 6; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 5; Ottawa (Kan.) 4.