By Katie Green, Manager of Athletics Communications and Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending National Invitational Champions, Park (Mo.) claims the No. 1 rank in the of the NAIA Men’s Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Top 10 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday.
Top 10 Highlights:
-Park returns two top players from 2017 in Leandro Sodre and Victor Neves who helped the Pirates to the 2017 National Invitational Title. Despite losing two All-Americans from 2017, the Pirates will reload with a deep recruiting class.
-The Pirates finished the 2017 season with a record of 26-5, 10-2. The teams only losses came from Grand View (Iowa), Missouri Baptist and Ottawa (Kan.).
-Park received eight-of-10 first-place votes. Grand View (Iowa), the 2017 National Invitational runner-up, received the other two first-place votes.
-The Heart of America Conference and the unaffiliated group comprised of teams from the American Midwest/Great Plains/Kansas Collegiate Conference both had three teams in the Top 10.
- There were no new teams to join the poll from the 2017 postseason Top 10.
-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 ratings) 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 appears on.
-Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
-Frequency of polls occur 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 ratings calendar, click here.
2018 Men’s Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Top 10 Poll – (Jan. 9)
|RANK||LAST WEEK||SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]||RECORD||POINTS|
|1||1||Park (Mo.) ||26-5||105|
|2||2||Grand View (Iowa) ||25-4||99|
|6||8||Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)||26-7||60|
|9||9||Robert Morris (Ill.)||27-6||46|
Dropped from the rankings: None
Others receiving votes: St. Ambrose (Iowa) 26, Siena Heights (Mich.) 13, Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 3