BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – With its 9-3 overall record and 5-1 mark in the NAIA Great Lakes Division, Lourdes University (Ohio) entered this week’s NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 poll for the first time in 2014 knocking Cardinal Stritch (Wisc.) out of the No. 10 spot.
Lourdes went 2-2 last week with a three set win over then-No. 10 Cardinal Stritch and a five set win over Robert Morris (Ill.).
The only other team to move in this week’s poll was the flip-flop of spots between Clarke (Iowa) and St. Ambrose (Iowa).
Clarke jumped to No. 6 from No. 7 last week and SAU moved back to No. 7 from No. 6. Clarke has won nine straight matches dating back to Feb. 1 and are currently 15-2 on the season.
SAU took on No. 2 Grand View (Iowa) in the NAIA Game of the Week and fell to its NAIA North Division foe Vikings in three sets (23-25, 21-25, 23-25).
For the sixth-straight week, Concordia University-Irvine (Calif.) earned the No. 1 spot in the poll. The 11-3 Eagles
No. 2Grand View’s only match last week was its three set win over SAU in the NAIA Game of the Week. GV is now 12-1 overall and 2-0 in the NAIA North Division.
No. 3Park (Mo.) had a big victory last week with a road win at No. 4 Missouri Baptist. The Pirates took down MBU in St. Louis, Mo. In three sets on Feb. 13 (25-22, 25-18, 25-21) and Park is now 10-2 overall and 3-0 in the NAIA South.
MBU also took on NCAA Division II McKendree at home last wek and beat the Bearcats in three sets. The Spartans are again No. 4 this week and are 8-2 overall on the year.
Hope International (Calif.) kept its No. 5 spot this week. The Royals had just one match last week with a three set win at UC-Merced to improve to 6-2 overall.
No. 8Warner (Fla.) and No. 9 Missouri Valley stayed in its same spot as last week. Warner had another week off from competition, while Mo Valley went 5-0 to improve to 12-6.
The Vikings defeated Graceland (Iowa), Lakeland College and Lourdes all in foursets and took down Robert Morris (Ill.) in five and Cardinal Stritch in three sets.
The next NAIA Top 10 poll will be announced on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 Poll, (Feb., 17, 2014)
1. Concordia-Irvine (Calif.)
2. Grand View (Iowa)
3. Park (Mo.)
4. Missouri Baptist
5. Hope International (Calif.)
6. Clarke (Iowa)
7. St. Ambrose (Iowa)
8. Warner (Fla.)
9. Missouri Valley
10. Lourdes (Ohio)