By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Texas at Brownsville holds the No.1 ranking in the eighth regular-season edition of the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Ocelots are No. 1 for the second-straight week after sweeping Concordia (Calif.), 3-0, on Oct. 19 in Brownsville, Texas.
Texas at Brownsville, who collected 23 first-place votes and 653 points, is one of two NAIA programs still undefeated at 25-0. The Ocelots also sit atop the Red River Athletic Conference (10-0).
Concordia (Calif.) sits at No. 2 with 632 total points. The Eagles have been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in every poll this season and recorded the third longest win streak in NAIA history at 55 matches. Concordia still leads the Golden State Athletic Conference standings with a 8-0 league mark, which is a one-game lead over No. 3 Biola (Calif.).
Biola captured 611 points to hold at No. 3 for the seventh-consecutive week. The Eagles now own 23-consecutive top-five mentions.
No. 4 Madonna (Mich.) is the other undefeated team in the NAIA at 33-0. The Crusaders posted 590 total points this week and have now been in the No. 4 slot for the past seven weeks.
Locked in at No. 5 for the fourth-straight week, Northwestern (Iowa) collected 569 points. The Red Raiders, who are 29-1 on the season, are 13-0 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and own a two game lead over No. 6 Midland (Neb.).
Columbia (Mo.) posted the best positive movement, improving seven positions to No. 15. Embry-Riddle (Fla.) fell nine spots, landing at No. 19.
No. 20 Georgetown (Ky.) and No. 25 Missouri Baptist return to the Top 25 after one-week hiatuses. Cal State San Marcos and Concordia (Ore.) fell out of the poll.
Thirteen of 23 conferences are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference with five ranked teams, Concordia, Biola, No. 11 The Master's (Calif.), No. 12 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 14 Westmont (Calif.). The Great Plains Athletic Conference, Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and American Midwest 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 ninth regular-season Top 25 will be announced Nov. 5.
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Notes: (All information as of 2000) Top-ranked Texas at Brownsville earns its 20th all-time No. 1 position, which is tied for third most in history… 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 eight regular-season polls... For the last 28 polls, Concordia (Calif.) has either been ranked Nos. 1 or 2, dating back to Oct. 11, 2011... Former member Fresno Pacific (Calif.) has the most No. 1 appearances with 70, followed by former member National American (S.D.) with 32, Columbia (Mo.) with 20, Texas at Brownsville with 20 and Concordia at 14… Concordia has the longest active streak in the Top 25 as it has been ranked for 94-straight polls, dating back to the start of the 2006 season; right behind is Biola (Calif.) with 93-consecutive mentions followed by Columbia (81), Texas at Brownsville (56) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (46)... 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. 29)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Texas at Brownsville (23)||25-0||653|
|8||6||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||21-2||502|
|9||9||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||30-2||498|
|11||11||The Master's (Calif.)||16-5||439|
|17||17||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||25-5||324|
|23||19||Grand View (Iowa)||25-13||209|
Others Receiving Votes: College of Idaho 82; Hastings (Neb.) 71; Viterbo (Wis.) 71; Spring Hill (Ala.) 68; Cal State San Marcos 63; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 48; Concordia (Ore.) 38; Evangel (Mo.) 28; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 25; Bryan (Tenn.) 23; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 6; Campbellsville (Ky.) 5.