Warner enters Poll at No. 7, St. Ambrose Jumps to No. 5
By Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications, Baker Athletics
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – This week’s NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 poll features a few shakeups throughout, including No. 1 Park (Mo.) returning to the top of the poll after a week at the No. 2 spot.
Warner (Fla.) enters the poll for the first time this season, after beginning the year 6-3 and went 3-3 at Grand View’s tournament over the weekend, including a win over No. 1 ranked Grand View (Iowa) in five sets (14-25, 25-23, 24-26, 28-26, 17-15) and wins over then-No. 6 ranked Hope International and then-No. 10 Cardinal Stritch (Wisc).
Park has now won eight-straight matches since its seasonopening loss to Grand View back on Jan. 22. They avenged that loss to Grand View on Jan. 30 with a five set win over the Vikings on Grand View’s home floor (26-24, 21-25, 25-14, 22-24, 15-12.)
Another team soaring up the poll this week is No. 5 St. Ambrose (Iowa), that moved up four spots. The Bees improved to 7-2 this week with a perfect run through the Grand View tournament, defeating Warner, Hope International (Calif.), then-No. 5 Missouri Baptist and then-No. 7 Lourdes (Ohio).
Grand View fell to No. 2 this week after its losses to Park and Warner and is now 6-3 on the year.
Clarke (Iowa) moved up a spot as well to No. 3, the Crusaders are currently 9-2 on the year and went 3-1 at each of its last two tournaments falling to top ranked Park in each.
They defeated three ranked teams over the weekend, taking out then-No. 10 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), then-No. 5 Missouri Baptist and then-No. 6 Hope International.
They will next face St. Xavier this Friday, Feb. 6 at home and NAIA North opponent Morningside (Iowa) at home on Saturday, Feb. 7.
No. 6 Missouri Baptist fell back one spot after a 2-3 week. The Spartans defeated Warner and Graceland at the Grand View invite, but also fell to ranked Clarke and St. Ambrose both in three sets.
Hope International, Lourdes (Ohio) and Robert Morrise (Ill.) ach fell two spots. The Royals fell from No. 6 to No. 8, while Lourdes dropped from No. 7 to No. 9 and Robert Morris went from No. 8 to No. 10.
2015 NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 Poll (Feb. 2, 2015)
1. Park (Mo.)
2. Grand View (Iowa)
3. Clarke (Iowa)
4. Concordia (Calif.)
5. St. Ambrose (Iowa)
6. Missouri Baptist
7. Warner (Fla.)
8. Hope International (Calif.)
9. Lourdes (Ohio)
10. Robert Morris (Ill.)