Grand View Vaults to No. 1
By Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications, Baker University
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After defeating then-No. 1 ranked Park (Mo.) on the road in four sets on Jan. 22 in the NAIA Match of the Week (25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 26-24.),the Grand View (Iowa) men’s volleyball team vaulted from the No. 3 to No. 1 spot in the NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 Poll,
The Vikings are in just its fourth year playing NAIA men’s volleyball, as they began the program in 2012 under 2014 NAIA-AVCA Coach of the Year Donan Cruz.
Grand View is 3-1 on the year and will host the Grand View Molten Invitational this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa.
Park fell a spot to No. 2 this week, after winning four-straight matches after its loss to Grand View. Park is now 4-1 on the year and will get a quick rematch against Grand View on Friday, Jan. 30 when they face the top ranked Vikings at 7:30 p.m. at Grand View’s tournament.
Concordia (Calif.) also jumped back a spot to No. 3. The Eagles are off until Feb. 4 when they face No. 6 Hope International (Calif.) at home.
Spots 4-7 stayed the same with Clarke (Iowa) hanging on to No. 4, No. 5 stayed with Missouri Baptist, No. 6 is again Hope International and Lourdes (Ohio) hung on to the No. 7 ranking.
Robert Morris (Ill.) soared up from No. 10 to No. 8 thisweek. The Eagles went 2-1 with a three set win over Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) and a five set loss on the road at No. 7 Lourdes before defeating Siena Heights (Mich.) in three sets.
St. Ambrose (Iowa) reentered the Top 10 at No. 9 this week. The Bees are 3-2 on the year, after a perfect 3-0 week with wins over Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.), Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and NCAA Division II Quincy in four sets (25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19).
Cardinal Stritch fell back a spot to No. 10 after a 1-1 week in which the Wolves beat Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) and fell in three sets to St. Ambrose.
2015 NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 Poll (Jan. 26, 2015)
1. Grand View (Iowa)
2. Park (Mo.)
3. Concordia (Calif.)
4. Clarke (Iowa)
5. Missouri Baptist
6. Hope International (Calif.)
7. Lourdes (Ohio)
8. Robert Morris (Ill.)
9. St. Ambrose (Iowa)
10. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)