By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the third-straight week, the top-four teams held their ranking in the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. In the fifth regular-season edition, No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) led the bunch for the 10th-consecutive time dating back to 2012. Riding a 52-match win streak, the Eagles were the unanimous No. 1 selection and gathered 653 total points. This poll marks the first time all season that Concordia collected all of the 23 first-place nods.
The rest of the top four followed in the same order as last week: No. 2 Texas at Brownsville, No. 3 Biola (Calif.) and No. 4 Madonna (Mich.).
Concordia is riding one of the NAIA's longest all-time win streaks at 52-straight, which is tied for the third best with former member Brigham Young-Hawaii (1995-96). The Eagles are 14-0 on the season and have not lost since Dec. 3, 2011 in the NAIA National Championship final against Texas at Brownsville. Of the 14 wins this year, 11 have been sweeps and no match has gone to a fifth set. However, the schedule gets tough with matches at No. 13 The Master's (Calif.) on Tuesday and at home against No. 3 Biola on Saturday. The 76-game streak by former member St. John Fisher (N.Y.) from 1979-80 is second longest on record.
No. 2 Texas at Brownsville secures the No. 2 spot for the fifth-straight time. With a 16-0 record, the Ocelots have 632 total points.
With 611 total points, Biola enjoys its fourth-straight week at No. 3 and now stands with 20-consecutive top-five positions.
No. 4 Madonna holds the most wins in the NAIA with a 25-0 record. The Crusaders posted 590 points this week.
Moving into the top five for the first time since 2010, No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa) recorded 557 points. After a 3-2 loss to Tabor (Kan.) on Aug. 23, the Red Raiders have gone on a 22-match win streak.
Despite a loss over the weekend, No. 19 Grand View (Iowa) made the best move up with a four-spot hike. The Vikings have gone 5-1 in their last six contests with the lone loss against then-No. 12 Oklahoma Baptist on Oct. 5.
No. 16 Westmont (Calif.) tumbles down six positions from last week. The Warriors have lost three-of-four, but those have come against No. 1 Concordia, No. 3 Biola and then-No. 16 (tie) The Master's.
No. 24 Davenport (Mich.) earns its first ranking in history, dating back to 2000. The Panthers have won 10 of their last 11 matches and are 16-6 overall. In the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, Davenport is tied with No. 4 Madonna for the top spot at 5-0.
Hastings (Neb.) dropped out this week after a No. 24 ranking last time.
Thirteen of 23 conferences are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference with five ranked teams, Concordia, Biola, No. 13 The Master's, No. 16 Westmont and No. 18 Vanguard (Calif.). The American Midwest Conference and Great Plains Athletic Conference each land three programs in the poll.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The sixth regular-season Top 25 will be announced Oct. 15.
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Notes: (All information as of 2000) Overall, 32 different teams have been ranked this year, with 18 of those holding a spot in each poll (six polls)... Top-ranked Concordia (Calif.) is trying to become the first team since former member Fresno Pacific (Calif.) in 2009 to run the table and be No. 1 for the entire season... The Golden State Athletic Conference has now led all conferences each week with the most representatives -- four in the Preseason Top 25 and five each in Weeks One, Two, Three, Four and Five... No. 10 Eastern Oregon finds itself in the top 10 for the first time in school history... After two-straight weeks at No. 22, Columbia (Mo.) is in its lowest position since the Cougars went unranked in the 2007 Preseason Poll... No. 2 Texas at Brownsville now has been in the top three for 31-straight polls... With the top ranking, Concordia pushes its all-time total to 13 No. 1 positions and is the fifth school (since 2000) to have double-digit totals... For the last 25 polls, Concordia has either been ranked Nos. 1 or 2, dating back to Oct. 11, 2011... Fresno Pacific has the most No. 1 appearances with 70, followed by former member National American (S.D.) with 32, Columbia (Mo.) with 20 and Texas at Brownsville with 18… Concordia has the longest active streak in the Top 25 as it has been ranked for 91-straight polls, dating back to the start of the 2006 season; right behind is Biola (Calif.) with 90-consecutive mentions followed by Columbia (78), Texas at Brownsville (53) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (43)... 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… Last year, 38 teams were ranked on at least one occasion, with 13 of those being included in all 13 polls.
2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Oct. 8)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Concordia (Calif.) (23)||14-0||653|
|2||2||Texas at Brownsville||16-0||632|
|6||5||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||17-1||555|
|11||8||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||21-1||447|
|13||T16||The Master's (Calif.)||14-3||387|
|19||23||Grand View (Iowa)||16-9||251|
|20||21||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||19-3||248|
|25||25||Cal State San Marcos||19-8||140|
Others receiving votes: Hastings (Neb.) 99; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 92; Viterbo (Wis.) 69; Indiana Wesleyan 44; Cornerstone (Mich.) 39; Spring Hill (Ala.) 37; Montana State-Northern 35; Bryan (Tenn.) 23; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 15; Menlo (Calif.) 6; Campbellsville (Ky.) 5; Jamestown (N.D.) 5; College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 3.