By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Texas at Brownsville will enter the NAIA National Championship with the No. 1 ranking as the Ocelots topped the final regular-season edition of the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 poll, the national office announced Sunday. With all 22 first-place votes and 622 total points, Texas at Brownsville stays in the No. 1 position for the fifth-straight time.
The list of 36 qualifiers for the NAIA National Championship will be released later today. The 24 pairings for the National Championship Opening Round matches will be released on Monday at Noon CST via a live graphical presentation. Go to www.NAIA.org for more details. 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 at the National Championship final site.
Overall, 13 teams remained in the same position from the Nov. 11 edition. The biggest movement occurred on the negative side -- a four-spot fall for No. 24 Davenport (Mich.) as the Panthers tripped up in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference quarterfinals as the No. 2 seed. Conversely, No. 12 Georgetown (Ky.) was rewarded for its Mid-South Conference tournament championship with a three-spot improvement.
Champions of the Red River Athletic Conference tournament, Texas at Brownsville finished its regular season with a 31- 0 mark. The Ocelots have earned their sixth overall national championship bid and head into the championship winning eight-straight matches via the 3-0 fashion. Ana Guerra leads a front line with an average of 1.7 blocks per set, which is tops in the NAIA.
Fresh off its third-straight Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) tournament championship, Concordia (Calif.) falls in at the No. 2 spot with 600 total points. The defending national champs are 23-2 overall and are set to appear in their eighth-consecutive national championship.
Despite the loss to Concordia last night in the GSAC championship, Biola (Calif.) checks in at the No. 3 spot for the 10th-straight time. No. 4 Madonna (Mich.) and No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa) fall in the top-five together for the seventh-consecutive week.
No. 23 Spring Hill (Ala.) and No. 25 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) make a splash as newcomers this week. This is the first national Top 25 mention for the Badgers since a No. 12 spot in the 2012 Preseason poll. Rocky Mountain was last ranked on Sept. 17.
Cornerstone (Mich.) and Eastern Oregon (No. 25) were the two teams to drop out. For Eastern Oregon, this absence is the first all season.
Thirteen of 23 conferences are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference with five ranked teams, Concordia, Biola, No. 9 Vanguard (Calif.), No. 14 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 16 The Master's. The Great Plains Athletic Conference placed 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 fifth-consecutive poll... Texas at Brownsville (31-0) and Madonna (Mich.) (38-0) are the only undefeated teams remaining... With the addition of No. 23 Spring Hill (Ala.) this week, there have been 35 different teams to be ranked this season, with 15 of those holding a spot in all 12 polls (including Preseason)... The top-five teams have locked down their spots in each of the last five polls... Texas at Brownsville earns its 23rd 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 11 regular-season polls... For the last 31 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 23, Columbia (Mo.) with 20 and Concordia at 14… Concordia has the longest active streak in the Top 25 as it has been ranked for 97-straight polls, dating back to the start of the 2006 season; right behind is Biola (Calif.) with 96-consecutive mentions followed by Columbia (84), Texas at Brownsville (59) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (49)... 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. 17)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2013 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Texas at Brownsville (22)||31-0||622|
|8||8||MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||25-2||486|
|10||9||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||33-3||445|
|16||16||The Master's (Calif.)||19-8||326|
|19||19||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||30-6||275|
|20||21||Grand View (Iowa)||29-13||243|
|21||22||College of Idaho||18-9||237|
|23||RV||Spring Hill (Ala.)||35-3||147|
|25||RV||Rocky Mountain (Mont.)||24-6||121|
Others receiving votes: Cornerstone (Mich.) 81; Cal State San Marcos 77; Concordia (Ore.) 74; Indiana Wesleyan 59; Trinity Christian (Ill.) 53; Missouri Baptist 47; Viterbo (Wis.) 32; Bryan (Tenn.) 24; Eastern Oregon 14; Hastings (Neb.) 7; Baker (Kan.) 3; Asbury (Ky.) 3.