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2014 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 10

November 11, 2014
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second-consecutive week, minimal movement occurred throughout the poll, as Rocky Mountain (Mont.) received its 10th-straight No. 1 ranking in the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Battlin’ Bears were the unanimous pick for the seventh-straight week with 22 first-place votes and 622 points.

The final regular-season Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. CST, along with the 36-team field for the 2014 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by J&L Enterprises. The 24-team National Championship Opening Round pairings will be announced Monday, Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. CST via a broadcast event on NAIANetwork.com. The top 11 seeds and championship host Briar Cliff (Iowa) receive a bye directly to the final site in Sioux City, Iowa. For conference tournament results, click here.

Rocky Mountain enters the Frontier Conference Tournament as the No. 1 seed after clinching its first regular-season title since 2000 with a 3-1 win at Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) on Oct. 30. The Battlin’ Bears, who ride a 25-match winning streak into the event, will square off against eighth-seeded Montana Western at 12 p.m. MST on Friday.

No. 2 Park (Mo.) – the NAIA’s only unbeaten team at 31-0 – held steady for the fourth-straight week with 602 points. The Pirates clinched an undefeated regular-season, the American Midwest Conference (AMC) regular-season championship and an automatic berth into the 2014 NAIA Volleyball National Championship presented by J&L Enterprises and CNOS Foundation with a sweep of Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.) on Nov. 8. Park opens the AMC tournament Tuesday against Stephens.

Rounding out the top five again this week are No. 3 Concordia (Calif.) (577 points), No. 4 Biola (Calif.) (567 points) and No. 5 Texas at Brownsville (542 points).

Concordia and Biola play in the Golden State Athletic Conference, which does not conduct a conference tournament. Concordia has two matches remaining on its regular-season schedule – against Westmont (Calif.) on Tuesday and William Jessup (Calif.) on Thursday – while Biola wraps up the regular season on Saturday at The Master’s (Calif.).

Texas at Brownsville – the No. 1 seed and regular season champion in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) – hosts the winner of Bacone (Okla.) and St. Thomas (Texas) in the semifinals of the RRAC tournament on Friday at 7:30 p.m. CST.

Only six programs shifted positions from last edition, highlighted by a three-spot slide by MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) from No. 22 to No. 25. The drop was due in large part to a 3-1 loss at Culver-Stockton (Mo.) on Nov. 4. The Pioneers, who are the No. 1 seed in the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament, downed Peru State (Neb.), 3-0, in the quarterfinals last Saturday to set up a rematch with Culver-Stockton on Wednesday.

No. 24 Concordia (Ore.) is the lone newcomer this week. The Cavaliers, who are ranked for the first time since Oct. 22, 2013, are the No. 3 seed in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) tournament and open play on Tuesday at 7 p.m. PST against Oregon Tech.

The AMC, GSAC and CCC are tied for the most programs represented in the poll with three teams each.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Association of Independent Institutions.

For the complete volleyball ratings calendar, click here.

Notes: (All information as of 2000) Rocky Mountain (Mont.) becomes the first Frontier Conference member to earn 10-straight No. 1 rankings that includes the program’s seventh 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. 3 Concordia (Calif.), which ranks fifth all-time with 14 No. 1 mentions, holds the longest active streak in the Top 25 at 109-straight polls … No. 4 Biola (Calif.) is second with 108-consecutive mentions followed by No. 8 Columbia (Mo.) (96) and No. 5 Texas at Brownsville (71) … Thirty-three 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. 10 (Nov. 11)
RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2014 Record TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (22) 26-2 622
2 2 Park (Mo.) 31-0 602
3 3 Concordia (Calif.) 29-2 577
4 4 Biola (Calif.) 27-4 567
5 5 Texas at Brownsville 27-4 542
6 7 Missouri Baptist 32-2 518
7 6 Northwestern (Iowa) 29-3 495
8 8 Columbia (Mo.) 32-4 487
9 9 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 30-2 455
10 10 Viterbo (Wis.) 33-7 440
11 11 Eastern Oregon 26-3 421
12 12 Midland (Neb.) 23-7 393
13 13 Southern Oregon 22-4 369
14 T14 Grand View (Iowa) 25-12 366
15 T14 Davenport (Mich.) 31-7 355
16 16 Madonna (Mich.) 34-6 323
17 17 Georgetown (Ky.) 25-10 314
18 18 Jamestown (N.D.) 22-6 270
19 19 Indiana Wesleyan 29-7 259
20 20 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 21-9 247
21 21 Vanguard (Calif.) 21-11 204
22 23 Cal State San Marcos 23-10 191
23 24 Coastal Georgia 29-1 177
24 RV Concordia (Ore.) 17-8 139
25 22 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 19-13 131

Others receiving votes: Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 112; Oklahoma Baptist 107; Dordt (Iowa) 106; Evangel (Mo.) 36; Bryan (Tenn.) 30; St. Thomas (Fla.) 22; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 15; St. Catharine (Ky.) 8; Concordia (Neb.) 8; Northwestern Ohio 5; Graceland (Iowa) 5; College of Idaho 3; Kansas Wesleyan 3; Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 3.