By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Texas at Brownsville is rewarded for knocking off the former top-ranked team as the Ocelots are the new No. 1 in the seventh regular-season edition of the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. For the previous 11 polls, Concordia (Calif.) was the No. 1 team, but Texas at Brownsville swept the Eagles, 3-0, on Oct. 19 in Brownsville, Texas.
The top billing is the first for the Ocelots since Oct. 23, 2012, which was the last of 10-consecutive No. 1 rankings. With a perfect 21-0 record this year, the member of the Red River Athletic Conference is one of two NAIA programs still undefeated. Texas at Brownsville, who collected 23 first-place votes and 653 points, will participate in the Boneyard Brawl hosted by Georgetown (Ky.) this weekend. Two of the four opponents are ranked in the top 10 -- No. 9 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and No. 10 Embry-Riddle (Fla.).
With the loss last weekend, Concordia falls to the No. 2 spot with 632 total points. That setback snapped the Eagles 55-match win streak, which was the third longest in NAIA history. Concordia still leads the Golden State Athletic Conference standings with a 7-0 league mark, which is a one-game lead over No. 3 Biola (Calif.).
Biola captured 611 points to hold at No. 3 for the sixth-consecutive week. The Eagles now own 22-consecutive top-five positions.
No. 4 Madonna (Mich.) is the other undefeated team in the NAIA at 32-0. The Crusaders posted 590 total points this week and have now been in the No. 4 slot for the past six weeks.
Locked in at No. 5 for the third-straight week, Northwestern (Iowa) collected 562 points. The Red Raiders, who are 26-1 on the season, are 10-0 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and own a 1.5-game lead over Hastings (Neb.).
Three teams improved two positions, which marked the best jump upward: No. 9 Lindsey Wilson, No. 10 Embry-Riddle and No. 11 The Master's (Calif.).
No. 25 Montana State-Northern vaults into the Top 25 for the first time in school history. The Lights are 19-4 on the season and are riding a 12-match win streak heading into a contest with Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) on Friday.
Also holding a spot as a newcomer is No. 24 Cal State San Marcos. The Cougars hold their fourth overall ranking this year, peaking at No. 20 in the Preseason Top 25.
Georgetown (Ky.) (No. 24) and Missouri Baptist (No. 25) both dropped out this week. Georgetown has its 17-week streak snapped of consecutive rankings.
Fourteen of 23 conferences are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference with five ranked teams, Concordia, Biola, The Master's, No. 15 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 16 Westmont (Calif.). The 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 eighth regular-season Top 25 will be announced Oct. 29.
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Notes: (All information as of 2000) Top-ranked Texas at Brownsville earns its 19th all-time No. 1 position, which is fourth most in history... No. 25 Montana State-Northern becomes the 34th different team to be ranked this year (in eight polls) -- 18 of those teams have held a spot in each poll... Without a ranking this week, Missouri Baptist has its 33-straight rankings stopped, which was the sixth longest active stretch... 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 the seven regular-season polls... With four-straight weeks at No. 22, Columbia (Mo.) is in its lowest position since the Cougars went unranked in the 2007 Preseason Poll... Texas at Brownsville now has been in the top three for 33-straight polls... For the last 27 polls, Concordia (Calif.) 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 with 20, Texas at Brownsville with 19 and Concordia at 14… Concordia has the longest active streak in the Top 25 as it has been ranked for 93-straight polls, dating back to the start of the 2006 season; right behind is Biola (Calif.) with 92-consecutive mentions followed by Columbia (80), Texas at Brownsville (55) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (45)... 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. 22)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||2||Texas at Brownsville (23)||21-0||653|
|6||6||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||20-1||551|
|9||11||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||26-1||471|
|11||13||The Master's (Calif.)||15-4||424|
|17||18||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||24-4||307|
|19||19||Grand View (Iowa)||23-12||279|
|24||RV||Cal State San Marcos||22-9||151|
Others receiving votes: Missouri Baptist 117; Hastings (Neb.) 113; Georgetown (Ky.) 75; Spring Hill (Ala.) 57; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 44; College of Idaho 27; Bryan (Tenn.) 26; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 25; Viterbo (Wis.) 25; Evangel (Mo.) 24; Campbellsville (Ky.) 8; Kansas Wesleyan 3; Jamestown (N.D.) 3.