Story by Baker Athletics
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Only two teams jumped up in this week’s NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 poll, as Clarke (Iowa) moved up from No. 8 to No. 7 and Hope International (Calif.) made the move from No. 6 to No. 5.
The Crusaders won last week’s NAIA Game of the Week with a road win at then-No. 5 St. Ambrose (Iowa) in four sets (25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23) and took down Graceland (Iowa) in three sets to improve to 10-2 on the season.
Hope International had a perfect 3-0 week with three-set wins over Johnson and Wales (Colo.), Holy Names (Calif.) and UC-Merced.
Concordia-Irvine (Calif.) again kept its No. 1 spot but did not play a match last week and next takes the court on Feb. 19 against Johnson and Wales. The CUI Eagles are currently 11-3 on the year.
No. 3 Park (Mo.) had another perfect week of play with a NAIA South Division victory over Missouri Valley in three sets at its home site of Breckon Sports Center. The Pirates are now 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the NAIA South.
Missouri Baptist holds on to the No. 4 spot for the second-straight week. The Spartans had just one match this week, a four set win over Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) and were scheduled to play Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) on Feb. 4, but that match was postponed due to inclement weather.
St. Ambrose dropped a spot to No. 6 after suffering its first loss of the season at home in the NAIA Game of the Week to Clarke. They followed that loss up with a win over Hannibal-LaGrange at home in three sets (25-23, 25-21, 25-17).
Warner (Fla.) moved down to No. 8 in the poll from the seventh spot and will next compete on Feb. 20 at Erskine College in Due West, S.C.
Missouri Valley and Cardinal Stritch (Wisc.) kept a hold of the No. 9 and No. 10 spots for the second-straight week.
The Vikings are currently 8-5 on the year, while the Wolves are 6-5 and a perfect 4-0 in the NAIA Great Lakes Division.
The next NAIA Top 10 poll will be announced on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.
NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 Poll, (Feb. 10, 2014)
1. Concordia-Irvine (Calif.)
2. Grand View (Iowa)
3. Park (Mo.)
4. Missouri Baptist
5. Hope International (Calif.)
6. St. Ambrose (Iowa)
7. Clarke (Iowa)
8. Warner (Fla.)
9. Missouri Valley
10. Cardinal Stritch (Wisc.)