By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Rocky Mountain (Mont.) holds down the No. 1 position for the sixth-straight week in the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Battlin’ Bears, who earned 653 points and all 23 first-place votes, were the unanimous pick for the third-straight week.
Rocky Mountain, which has been idle since sweeping Frontier Conference rival Carroll (Mont.) on Oct. 3, enters the week riding a 17-match winning streak. Additionally, the Battlin’ Bears have not dropped a set since Sept. 6 against then-No. 8 Biola (Calif.). This is the first time since 2000 that a Frontier Conference school has rested atop the poll for six-straight weeks.
Jumping up one position from the Oct. 7 ranking is No. 2 Concordia (Calif.) with 623 points and No. 3 Park (Mo.) with 613 points.
Concordia went unbeaten last week with a pair of wins over Cal State San Marcos (3-0) on Oct. 7 and The Master’s (Calif.) (3-0) on Oct. 11. The Eagles, who have now won 12-straight, face a tough test on Tuesday when they host No. 5 Biola (Calif.) at 7 p.m. PDT. Concordia claimed the first meeting between the two clubs, 3-2, on Sept. 20.
In addition to improving to 24-0 and remaining the only unbeaten team in the NAIA, Park made program history last week with a 3-0 sweep of then-No. 13 Columbia (Mo.) on Oct. 8. The victory is the first-ever for the Pirates against the American Midwest Conference (AMC) rival. Park returns to the court Friday against Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) before traveling to No. 12 Missouri Baptist on Oct. 24.
Rounding out the top five this week are No. 4 Texas at Brownsville with 590 points and No. 5 Biola with 570 points. Texas at Brownsville slid two places from last week after falling to then-No. 22 Grand View (Iowa), 3-1, on Oct. 10 at the BLT Sportswear Crusader Classic in Livonia, Mich. However, the Ocelots got back on track almost immediately, winning their next three matches at the event, including sweeps of then-No. 18 Madonna (Mich.) and CIS-member Windsor (Canada).
Biola ranks fifth for the fourth-straight week. The Eagles bring a five-match winning streak into their aforementioned match against Concordia.
There are no newcomers to the Top 25 for the second-straight week. No. 18 Grand View, fueled by its win against Texas at Brownsville, made the largest jump this week moving up four spots. Conversely, Oklahoma Baptist fell the farthest, dropping from No. 14 to No. 20 after losing to then-No. 25 Wayland Baptist (Texas), 3-2, on Oct. 10.
Fourteen of the 23 conferences are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Golden State Athletic Conference and the AMC with three schools each. Five other conferences have two schools each represented.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Independents. The seventh regular-season Top 25 will be announced Oct. 21.
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Notes: (All information as of 2000) Rocky Mountain (Mont.) becomes the first Frontier Conference member to earn six-straight No. 1 rankings that includes the conference’s third 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 the ninth team to hold the 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 … No. 2 Concordia (Calif.), which ranks fifth all-time with 14 No. 1 mentions, holds the longest active streak in the Top 25 at 105-straight polls … No. 5 Biola (Calif.) is second with 104-consecutive mentions followed by No. 14 Columbia (Mo.) (92) and No. 4 Texas at Brownsville (67) … Thirty-two teams have made a Top 25 appearance this season … Biola, Concordia, Northwestern (Iowa) and Texas at Brownsville have ranked among the top 10 in every edition … 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. 6 (Oct. 14)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2014 Record||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (23)||18-2||653|
|4||2||Texas at Brownsville||21-2||590|
|8||9||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||23-2||484|
|18||22||Grand View (Iowa)||17-11||293|
|22||25||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||13-9||222|
Others receiving votes: Indiana Wesleyan 82; Bryan (Tenn.) 81; St. Catharine (Ky.) 50; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 50; College of Idaho 42; St. Thomas (Fla.) 39; Carroll (Mont.) 33; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 32; Hastings (Neb.) 32; Cal State San Marcos 28; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 19; Point Park (Pa.) 10; The Master’s (Calif.) 8; Concordia (Ore.) 8.