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2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2

September 11, 2012
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the second-consecutive week, the top four teams remain the same in the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. Texas at Brownsville remains the top ranked team as the Scorpions captured 22 of the 23 first-place votes and tallied 653 points.

Remaining at the No. 2 position and receiving one first-place vote is Concordia (Calif.). Columbia (Mo.) stays at No. 3 as the Cougars tallied 610 points. Biola (Calif.) holds at No. 4 after receiving 591 points, while Lee (Tenn.) rounds out the top 5 with 547 points.

Three teams that were not ranked in the week one poll, No. 9 Hastings (Neb.), No. 22 Viterbo (Wis.) and No. 25 Georgetown (Ky.), all made the jump this week. Making the biggest splash was Hastings as it moved to No. 9 after going 4-0 last week, with victories over then-No. 11 Doane (Neb.) and then-No. 12 Oklahoma Baptist. The Brancos improved from receiving votes in the previous poll.

Three programs, Eastern Oregon (No. 19), Cornerstone (Mich.) (No.21) and Freed-Hardeman (No. 25), all fell out of this week's poll.

Sixteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) with four ranked teams. Representing the GSAC are Concordia, Biola, No. 8 Westmont (Calif.) and The Master's (Calif.)

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Independents. The third regular-season poll will be announced on Sept. 18.

Notes: (All information as of 2000) Texas at Brownsville's 12 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... Texas at Brownsville has been ranked No. 1 in 12 of the last 15 weeks... Concordia (Calif.) has the longest active streak in the Top 25 as it has been ranked for 75-straight polls; right behind Concordia is Biola (Calif.) as it has been ranked in 74-straight polls... Four teams in the Top 25 remain undefeated... Hastings returns to the Top 25 for the first time since Oct. 21, 2008... Georgetown (Ky.) appears in the Top 25 for the first time since the 2011 preseason poll.

2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 2

RANK LAST Time SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Texas at Brownsville (22) 7-0 653
2 2 Concordia (Calif.) (1) 12-0 632
3 3 Columbia (Mo.) 6-1 610
4 4 Biola (Calif.) 13-1 591
5 6 Lee (Tenn.) 7-5 565
6 5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 6-2 547
7 8 Grand View (Iowa) 11-1 527
8 9 Westmont (Calif.) 11-1 501
9 RV Hastings (Neb.) 11-2 456
10 10 Cal State San Marcos 13-5 452
11 7 Indiana Wesleyan 9-1 432
11 12 Oklahoma Baptist 9-3 432
13 16 The Master’s (Calif.) 13-1 390
14 11 Doane (Neb.) 13-4 387
15 13 College of Idaho 7-4 381
16 14 Missouri Baptist 6-0 338
17 18 Madonna (Mich.) 11-4 295
18 17 Taylor (Ind.) 8-2 292
19 15 Carroll (Mont.) 10-5 274
20 22 Midland (Neb.) 8-5 182
21 24 Lubbock Christian (Texas) 10-3 169
22 RV Viterbo (Wis.) 11-3 152
23 20 Bellevue (Neb.) 10-4 139
24 23 Indiana East 12-0 127
25 RV Georgetown (Ky.) 6-2 121

Others receiving votes: MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 98; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 95; Grace (Ind.) 94; Cornerstone (Mich) 89; Park (Mo.) 80; Northwestern (Iowa) 63; Ottawa (Kan.) 55; Southern Oregon 47; Westminster (Utah) 23; Eastern Oregon 18; Point Park (Pa.) 17; Vanguard (Calif.) 11; Graceland (Iowa) 10; Northwestern Ohio 9; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 9; La Sierra (Calif.) 6; Loyola (La.) 3; Jamestown (N.D.) 3.