By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Movement was minimal as the top-10 teams in the 10th regular-season edition of the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 poll all held their position, the national office announced Tuesday. No. 1 Texas at Brownsville, one of two undefeated teams remaining, locked down the top spot for the fourth-straight week. The Ocelots tallied all 22 first-place votes and a total of 622 points.
The final Coaches' Top 25 Poll will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. CST, along with the 36 qualifiers in the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round. The 24-team Opening Round pairings will be announced on Monday, Nov. 18 at Noon CST via a live graphical show on www.NAIA.org. The top 11 seeds amongst the 36 qualifiers earn a bye and move on to play in the National Championship final site in Sioux City, Iowa. Briar Cliff (Iowa), out of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, grabs the 12th and final berth as the host institution in the National Championship final site.
Texas at Brownsville ends its regular season with a 31-0 record, a Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and an automatic berth into the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. The Ocelots have won in dominant fashion this year by sweeping 27 of 31 matches, including the last eight contests. Ana Guerra leads a front line with an average of 1.7 blocks per set, which is tops in the NAIA.
Out of the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC), No. 2 Concordia (Calif.) posted 591 total points this week to keep pace with the Ocelots. The Eagles, national champions from a year ago, try to punch their ticket to the Opening Round but have to win the GSAC regular season title to do so. The path will not be easy as Concordia faces No. 16 The Master's (Calif.) on Tuesday and finish up with co-league leader No.3 Biola (Calif.) on Saturday in the regular-season finale -- both Concordia and Biola are tied atop the standings at 11-1.
Biola checks in at No. 3 for the ninth-straight week with 582 points. No. 4 Madonna (Mich.), who is the only other undefeated team at 35-0, collects 573 points. Rounding out the top five for the sixth-consecutive time is No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa) with 543 points.
Improving three spots, No. 13 Dordt (Iowa) was the team with the most positive movement. No. 16 The Master's tumbled five spots for the biggest drop this week.
Thirteen of 23 conferences are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference with five ranked teams, Concordia, Biola, No. 10 Vanguard (Calif.), No. 14 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 16 The Master's. The Great Plains Athletic Conference and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference each land three programs in the poll.
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Notes: (All information as of 2000) No. 1 Texas at Brownsville has now been the unanimous selection for the fourth-consecutive poll... Overall, 34 different teams have been ranked this season, with 16 of those holding a spot in all 11 polls (including Preseason)... The top-five teams have locked down their spots in each of the last four polls... Texas at Brownsville earns its 22nd all-time No. 1 position, which is 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 10 regular-season polls... For the last 30 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, Texas at Brownsville with 22, Columbia (Mo.) with 20 and Concordia at 14… Concordia has the longest active streak in the Top 25 as it has been ranked for 96-straight polls, dating back to the start of the 2006 season; right behind is Biola (Calif.) with 95-consecutive mentions followed by Columbia (83), Texas at Brownsville (58) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (48)... 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 (Nov. 12)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Texas at Brownsville (22)||31-0||622|
|8||8||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||24-2||480|
|9||9||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||34-2||469|
|16||11||The Master's (Calif.)||17-7||325|
|19||15||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||29-5||261|
|21||22||Grand View (Iowa)||27-13||205|
|22||23||College of Idaho||16-9||195|
Others receiving votes: Spring Hill (Ala.) 120; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 68; Viterbo (Wis.) 59; Missouri Baptist 57; Cal State San Marcos 48; Evangel (Mo.) 29; Hastings (Neb.) 26; Indiana Wesleyan 23; Bryan (Tenn.) 17; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 12; Concordia (Ore.) 10; Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 5; Campbellsville (Ky.) 4.