KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Grand View (Iowa) remains at No. 1 in the preseason NAIA Men’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 10 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday.
Top 10 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2017):
- Grand View opened its season with a sweep over Morningside (Iowa).
- New to the poll: No. 8 Aquinas (Mich.) and No. 9 Clarke (Iowa)
- This is the first time that Aquinas has been ranked. The 2019 season is the Saints inaugural season.
- The last time that Clarke was ranked was in February of 2018.
- No team has been ranked at No. 1 for an entire season in the last two year. Grand View has the most No. 1-rankings with 11. Missouri Baptist and Park (Mo.) are the only other teams with a No. 1-rank each with three.
- Park holds the longest active streak in the polls with 20-consecutive rankings. Grand View, Lourdes (Ohio) and Ottawa (Kan.) follow with 19-consecutive rankings.
- The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
- The Top 10 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second place and so on through the list.
- The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
- Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
- The frequency of polls occurs bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
- For the complete rating calendar, click here.
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2019 Men’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 10 Poll
|RANK||LAST TIME||SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||1||Grand View (Iowa) ||1-0||119|
|2||2||Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.)||0-2||110|
|6||6||St. Ambrose (Iowa)||0-0||74|
|10||9||St. Andrews (N.C.)||0-1||37|
Others Receiving Votes: Hope International (Calif.) 25, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 21, Missouri Valley 13