Robert Morris Enters First Regular Season Poll
Courtesy of Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics, Baker (Kan.)
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – In the first installment of the 2015 NAIA Men’s Volleyball Coaches' Top 10 regular season poll, Robert Morris (Ill.) enters the Top 10 and Concordia (Calif.) bumped up a spot from No. 3 to No. 2.
The Eagles went 2-0 to open up the season with a three set win over Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) and a five set win over then-No. 6 ranked St. Ambrose (Iowa) in five sets (27-25, 25-22, 21-25, 24-26, 11-15), the win over St. Ambrose knocked the Bees out of the Top 10.
Concordia also opened the season up 2-0 with a four set win over University of California-San Diego and a three set win over Springfield College.
No. 1 Park (Mo.) has yet to open up its season, the Pirates will face No. 3 Grand View (Iowa) this Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. inside its home venue of the Breckon Sports Center.
Then the Pirates host the Park Invitational on Jan. 23-24. They will face Culver-Stockton (Mo.) and Graceland (Iowa) on Jan. 23 and Morningside (Iowa) and No. 4 Clarke (Iowa) on Jan. 24.
Grand View drops down a spot to No. 3 this week, after a 2-1 start to its season. The Vikings defeated NCAA Division II McKendree in four sets, before falling to another NCAA Division II school Lindenwood in a tough five set loss (22-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-18, 16-18).
No. 4 Clarke began its 2015 campaign with a 2-0 mark, winning both its matches against Culver-Stockton (Mo.) and St. Ambrose in three sets.
No. 5 Missouri Baptist is also off to a 2-0 start with home wins over Hannibal-LaGrange in four sets and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in three.
No. 6 ranked Hope International (Calif.) was busy last week with four matches, going 2-2. They began the season with a three set win over Coker College, but then fell in three sets to NCAA Division I Grand Canyon.The Royals split two matches with Springfield College winning in five sets and then falling in three.
No. 7 ranked Lourdes (Ohio) will open up its season this Friday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m., as they host No. 10 Robert Morris in a Great Lakes Division showdown.
Missouri Valley bumped up a spot to No. 8 this week and begins its season at the Park Invite with four matches against Morningside,Clarke, Graceland and Culver-Stockton.
Cardinal Stritch also moved up one spot to No. 9. The Wolves come in this week with a 1-1 record, as they began the year with a five set win over Milwaukee School of Engineering, but then fell to Benedictine University in four sets.
2015 NAIA Men’s Volleyball Preseason Top 10 Poll (Jan. 20, 2015)
1. Park (Mo.)
2. Concordia (Calif.)
3. Grand View (Iowa)
4. Clarke (Iowa)
5. Missouri Baptist
6. Hope International (Calif.)
7. Lourdes (Ohio)
8. Missouri Valley
9. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
10. Robert Morris (Ill.)