By Mark Colachico, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second-straight week, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) was selected as the nation’s unanimous No. 1 ranked team with the Battlin’ Bears earning the top nod in this week’s Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll according to an announcement Tuesday by the national office. Rocky Mountain, who earned all 21 first-place votes and 591 points, sits atop the poll for the fifth-straight week.
Behind the strength of 17-straight victories and riding a 24-set unbeaten streak, Rocky Mountain held onto its top spot in the poll after improving to 18-2 on the season following a win over Carroll (Mont.) in Frontier Conference play last week. The Battlin’ Bears have not dropped a set since September 6th against then-No. 8 Biola (Calif.). This is the first time since 2000 that a Frontier Conference member has held the top spot for more than a month.
Texas at Brownsville held steady at No. 2 with 572 points, as the Ocelots have won 14-straight matches after wins last week over Huston Tillotson (Texas) and St. Thomas (Texas). Texas at Brownsville has captured 21-of-23 sets since September 13th that includes six three-set sweeps.
Concordia (Calif.) remained at No. 3 with 553 points, as the Eagles went unbeaten last week with a pair of wins over Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) members San Diego Christian (Calif.) and Arizona Christian. Concordia has won 10-straight matches capturing 30-of-32 sets during the stretch.
Park (Mo.) held its place at No. 4 with 534 points after the Pirates improved to a perfect 23-0 this season. Park is the only unbeaten team in the Top 25 this season, as the Pirates have won 27-straight sets over their last eight matches.
Biola (Calif.) holds steady for the third-straight week at No. 5 with 512 points. The Eagles extended their winning streak to four straight with three-set sweeps over The Master’s (Calif.) and William Jessup (Calif.) last week.
There are no newcomers to the Top 25 this week, as Davenport (Mich.) made the largest jump this week moving up 10 spots to No. 15 after the Panthers pushed their winning streak to six-straight matches that included a 3-1 victory over then-No. 9 Madonna (Mich.). The largest fall this week was made by the aforementioned Madonna, as the Crusaders fell nine spots to No. 18 after dropping two-of-three matches last week.
Sixteen of the 23 conferences are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Great Plains Athletic Conference, GSAC, and the American Midwest Conference with three schools each in the poll. Four other conferences – Midwest Collegiate Conference, Cascade Collegiate Conference, Mid-South Conference, and Sooner Athletic Conference – have two schools each represented in this week’s 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. 14.
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Notes: (All information as of 2000) Rocky Mountain (Mont.) becomes the first Frontier Conference member to earn five-straight No. 1 rankings that includes the conference’s second unanimous selection … Rocky Mountain appeared in only four polls during the 2013 season … Five Frontier Conference members have appeared in the Top 25 since 2000 … Rocky Mountain becomes ninth team to hold No. 1 ranking since 2000 … Former member Fresno Pacific (Calif.) has the most No. 1 appearances with 70, followed by former member National American (S.D.) with 33 … Concordia (Calif.), which ranks fifth all-time with 14 No. 1 mentions, holds the longest active streak in the Top 25 at 104-straight polls … Biola (Calif.) is second with 103-consecutive mentions followed by Columbia (Mo.) (91) and Texas at Brownsville (66) … 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 2009.2014 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 5 (Oct. 7)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2014 Record||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (21)||18-2||591|
|2||2||Texas at Brownsville||18-1||572|
|9||11||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||20-2||428|
|22||21||Grand View (Iowa)||13-10||200|
|25||24||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||10-9||97|
Others receiving votes: Cal State San Marcos 59; Bryan (Tenn.) 52; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 49; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 46; Carroll (Mont.) 45; St. Catharine (Ky.) 44; College of Idaho 42; St. Thomas (Fla.) 39; Indiana Wesleyan 31; Briar Cliff (Iowa) 18; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 18; Concordia (Ore.) 12; Point Park (Pa.) 3; Baker (Kan.) 3.