KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the ninth-consecutive week, Texas at Brownsville remains the No. 1 team in the seventh edition of the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Scorpions received 22-of-23 first-place votes and garnered 653 points to stay No. 1.
Texas at Brownsville continues to dominate Red River Athletic Conference play as the Scorpions defeated Langston (Okla.) 3-0, (25-5, 25-2, 25-3) and Bacone (Okla.) 3-0, (25-11, 25-13, 25-7) last week. Texas at Brownsville has not dropped a set in conference play and extended its NAIA best winning-streak to 27 matches. Its last loss came on Oct. 29, 2011 to Concordia (Calif.).
Nos. 2-5 remained the same as last week's edition. No. 2 Concordia (Calif.) received the final first place vote and earned 632 points, while No. 3 Columbia (Mo.) earned 611 points. No. 4 Biola (Calif.) tallied 590 points, and No. 5 Lee (Tenn.) captured 567 points.
Making the biggest jump this week was Missouri Baptist as it jumped five spots, from No. 20 to No. 15.
The Spartans were 5-1 last week with victories over Park (Mo.)(now No. 25) 3-2, (23-25, 25-18, 19-25, 28-26, 15-11), Mid-Continent (Ky.) 3-0, (25-9, 25-18, 25-15), No. 13 Grand View (Iowa) 3-1, (25-16, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19), Graceland (Iowa) 3-1, (25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 25-17) and Bethel (Tenn.) 3-0, (25-22, 25-17, 25-15). Its lone loss came to No. 3 Columbia.
Joining the Top 25 this week are No. 23 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 25 Park. Vanguard returns to the poll for the first time since the preseason poll. Vanguard won its only match against then-No. 11 Cal State San Marcos, 3-0, (25-15, 25-20, 25-22). Park enters the Top 25 for the first time in school history, dating back to 2000. Park went 1-1 last week, as it dropped its first match of the week, 3-2, to Missouri Baptist. The Pirates bounced back for a 3-1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-12, 25-12) win over Stephens (Mo.).
Falling out of the poll this week is Cornerstone (Mich.) (No. 20) and Taylor (Ind.) (No.24.)
Sixteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) with five ranked teams. Representing the GSAC is Concordia, Biola, No. 8 The Master's (Calif.), No. 14 Westmont and Vanguard.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Independents. The eighth regular-season poll will be announced on Oct. 23.
Notes: (All information as of 2000) Texas at Brownsville's 17 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 17 of the last 20 weeks... Concordia (Calif.) has the longest active streak in the Top 25 as it has been ranked for 80-straight polls; right behind Concordia is Biola (Calif.) with 79-straight polls... The top four positions remained the same for the seventh-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. 10 is the highest Oklahoma Baptist has been ranked... This is Georgetown's (Ky.) highest ranking since, Nov. 10, 2009 when it was ranked No. 6... This is the first time Park (Mo.) has been ranked... Taylor (Ind.) dropped out of the poll and broke a string of 49-straight Top 25 nods.
2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 7
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Texas at Brownsville (22)||18-0||653|
|2||2||Concordia (Calif.) (1)||21-0||632|
|8||8||The Master’s (Calif.)||19-3||496|
|12||14||College of Idaho||16-4||423|
|13||12||Grand View (Iowa)||23-5||367|
|16||11||Cal State San Marcos||18-10||330|
|21||22||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||17-4||213|
|24||25||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||12-7||179|
Others receiving votes: Bellevue (Neb.) 93; Northwestern Ohio 85; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 47; Cornerstone (Mich.) 44; Taylor (Ind.) 40; Carroll (Mont.) 35; Point Park (Pa.) 28; Ottawa (Kan.) 27; Southern Oregon 24; Dordt (Iowa) 16; Spring Hill (Ala.) 15; St. Francis (Ill.) 9; Westminster (Utah) 5; Jamestown (N.D.) 5.