By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the second-straight week Concordia (Calif.) sits atop the 2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday. The Eagles received all 23 first-place votes and earned 653 points. This is Concordia's fifth No. 1 ranking.
Sunday the national office will announce the final national poll and the 36 qualifiers by 4 p.m. CST. The bracket for the Volleyball National Championship will be released at Noon CST on Monday, Nov. 12.
The Eagles were 2-0 last week and extended its NAIA-best winning streak to 28 matches. On Oct. 30, Concordia defeated No. 21 Vanguard (Calif.), 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-13). The Eagles continued their winning ways on Nov. 3 with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-11) victory over Hope International (Calif.).
Texas at Brownsville held steady at No. 2 with 632 points. Columbia (Mo.) comes in No. 3 notching 610 points. Biola (Calif.) remains at No. 4 collecting 591 points, while No. 5 Hastings (Neb.) rounds out the top five with 567 points.
No teams fell out of the poll or entered the poll from the previous edition. Only 7-of-25 teams moved in the poll with No. 22 Bellevue (Neb.) making the biggest improvement. The Bruins jumped two spots, from No. 24 to No. 22. Bellevue won all three of its matches last week, defeating York (Neb.), 3-0, (25-17, 25-12, 25-17), Waldorf (Iowa), 3-0, (25-20, 25-18, 25-18) and College of Saint Mary (Neb.), 3-0, (25-16, 29-27, 25-21).
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. 7 The Master's (Calif.), No. 12 Westmont (Calif.) and Vanguard.
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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 (Calif.) makes its fifth appearance at No. 1... Texas at Brownsville's 18 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... Concordia has the longest active streak in the Top 25 as it has been ranked for 83-straight polls; right behind Concordia is Biola (Calif.) with 82-straight polls... ... 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. 14 is the highest Indiana East has been ranked...Hastings (Neb.) has earned a top five ranking for the first time since Aug. 15, 2000... 18 teams held steady in the poll this week... 13 teams have been ranked all season.
2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 10
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Concordia (Calif.) (23)||28-0||653|
|2||2||Texas at Brownsville||24-1||632|
|7||7||The Master’s (Calif.)||25-4||523|
|15||15||College of Idaho||19-6||346|
|17||18||Grand View (Iowa)||28-9||315|
|19||16||Cal State San Marcos||24-13||267|
|19||20||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||22-4||267|
|24||25||Point Park (Pa.)||28-8||168|
Others receiving votes: Park (Mo.) 117; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 77; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 46; Davenport (Mich.) 44; Ottawa (Kan.) 37; Southern Oregon 36; Jamestown (N.D.) 28; Eastern Oregon 25; Indiana Tech 16; Spring Hill (Ala.) 12; Carroll (Mont.) 7; Northwestern (Iowa) 5; St. Francis (Ill.) 4; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3.