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2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll - No. 6

October 15, 2013
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By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The top-four teams held their ranking in the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 poll for the fourth-straight week, the national office announced Tuesday. In the sixth regular-season edition, No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) led the bunch for the 11th-consecutive time dating back to 2012. Coming off a 3-1 win over No. 3 Biola (Calif.), the Eagles were the unanimous No. 1 selection and gathered 622 total points. This poll marks the second time all season that Concordia collected all of the 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 and No. 4 Madonna (Mich.).

Concordia is riding one of the NAIA's longest all-time win streaks at 54-straight, which is the third longest streak in NAIA history. The Eagles are 16-0 on the season and have not lost since Dec. 3, 2011 in the NAIA National Championship final against Texas at Brownsville. Of the 16 wins this year, 11 have been sweeps and no match has gone to a fifth set. This weekend the Eagles will face off against two ranked opponents in No. 22 Columbia (Mo.) and No. 2 Texas at Brownsville, who was the last team to unseat Concordia. The 76-game streak by former member St. John Fisher (N.Y.) from 1979-80 is the second longest on record.

No. 2 Texas at Brownsville secures the No. 2 spot for the sixth-straight time. With an 18-0 record, the Ocelots have 602 total points.

With 578 total points, Biola enjoys its fifth-straight week at No. 3 and now stands with 21-consecutive top-five positions.

No. 4 Madonna holds the most wins in the NAIA with a 30-0 record. The Crusaders posted 566 points this week.

No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa) holds its ranking from last week’s poll, recording 537 points this week. After a 3-2 loss to Tabor (Kan.) on Aug. 23, the Red Raiders have gone on a 23-match win streak.

Three teams moved up two positions in the poll, sharing the largest positive movement: Park (Mo.), Vanguard (Calif.) and Wayland Baptist (Texas).

No. 25 Missouri Baptist fell eight positions from last week. The Spartans suffered losses to Columbia and Cornerstone (Mich.) since last week’s poll.

No. 21 Cornerstone earns its first ranking of 2013 after being ranked in multiple polls last season. The Golden Eagles are riding a seven-match win streak including victories against three ranked opponents last week.

Cal State San Marcos dropped out this week after holding the No. 25 position for two-straight polls.  

Twelve 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 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 17 Westmont (Calif.). The American Midwest Conference, Great Plains Athletic Conference and Wolverine-Hoosier 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 seventh regular-season Top 25 will be announced Oct. 22.

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Notes: (All information as of 2000) Overall, 33 different teams have been ranked this year, with 18 of those holding a spot in each poll (seven 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, Five and Six... With three-straight weeks at No. 22, Columbia (Mo.) is in its lowest position since the Cougars went unranked in the 2007 Preseason Poll... No. 2Texas at Brownsville now has been in the top three for 32-straight polls... With the top ranking,Concordia pushes its all-time total to 14 No. 1 positions and is the fifth school (since 2000) to have double-digit totals... For the last 26 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 92-straight polls, dating back to the start of the 2006 season; right behind is Biola (Calif.) with 91-consecutive mentions followed by Columbia (79), Texas at Brownsville (54) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (44)... 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. 15)

RANK

LAST WEEK

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

2013 RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Concordia (Calif.) (22)

16-0

622

2

2

Texas at Brownsville

18-0

602

3

3

Biola (Calif.)

15-1

578

4

4

Madonna (Mich.)

30-0

566

5

5

Northwestern (Iowa)

24-1

537

6

6

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

19-1

524

7

7

Midland (Neb.)

24-2

506

8

9

Oklahoma Baptist

21-4

467

9

10

Eastern Oregon

21-2

451

10

8

Park (Mo.)

23-2

444

11

11

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

23-1

428

12

12

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

11-6

393

13

13

The Master's (Calif.)

14-4

374

14

14

Bellevue (Neb.)

24-5

371

15

15

Dordt (Iowa)

16-4

363

16

18

Vanguard (Calif.)

15-5

321

17

16

Westmont (Calif.)

15-4

271

18

20

Wayland Baptist (Texas)

21-3

255

19

19

Grand View (Iowa)

19-11

232

20

21

Concordia (Ore.)

16-4

219

21

RV

Cornerstone (Mich.)

17-9

210

22

22

Columbia (Mo.)

17-6

204

23

24

Davenport (Mich.)

20-7

201

24

23

Georgetown (Ky.)

21-6

178

25

17

Missouri Baptist

23-3

151


Others receiving votes:
Cal State San Marcos 147; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 61;Hastings (Neb.) 55;Spring Hill (Ala.) 52;Montana State-Northern 49;Viterbo (Wis.) 32;Bryan (Tenn.) 30;Campbellsville (Ky.) 7;Bethel (Ind.) 6;Jamestown (N.D.) 5;Kansas Wesleyan 4;Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 4.