Grand View Back in Top Spot
By Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Grand View (Iowa) men’s volleyball team jumped back into the No. 1 spot in this week’s NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 poll for the second time this season.
The Vikings won last week’s NAIA Match of the Week with a three set win over then-No. 5 ranked St. Ambrose (Iowa) at home in three sets, (25-20, 25-20, 25-23). Grand View is currently 8-3 on the year and 3-0 in the NAIA North.
St. Ambrose also moved up this week to No. 4. They had a 3-1 week. After the loss to Grand View, they defeated St. Xavier (Ill.), Morningside (Iowa) and Cardinal Stritch (Wis.). The Bees are now 11-3 overall.
One of the biggest wins of the week came from No. 5 ranked Missouri Baptist, as they took down previously No. 1 ranked Park (Mo.) in five sets on Feb. 11 in St. Louis, Mo., (23-25, 26-28, 25-17, 25-18, 15-13). The Spartans moved to 6-4 overall and a perfect 1-0 in the NAIA South.
Park fell to No. 2 this week,after the loss to rival Missouri Baptist. The Pirates are now 9-2 on the year and 1-1 in the NAIA South. Their two losses have come to Grand View and Missouri Baptist.
The other upset this week, came from this week’s No. 8 ranked team, Hope International (Calif.) The Royals took down then-No. 3 Concordia (Calif.) in five sets on the road on Feb. 11 (24-26, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 16-14) to improve to 9-8 overall. They are also 5-2 against NAIA opponents this season. With the loss, Concordia fell all the way to the No. 6 spot.
Also for the second time thisseason, Clarke (Iowa) jumped up to the No. 3 spot. The Crusadersdefeated Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.), in three sets this week to improve to 12-2 overall.
Warner (Fla.) stayed at No. 7this week and Lourdes (Ohio) moved back to No. 9, while Robert Morris (Ill.) stayed at No. 10. The Robert Morris Eagles went 3-1 last week, with a home loss to Cardinal Stritch and three-straight wins over Calumet St. Joseph ( Ind.), Siena Heights (Mich.) and Hannibal-LaGrange.
2015 NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 Poll (Feb. 16, 2015)
1. Grand View (Iowa)
2. Park (Mo.)
3. Clarke (Iowa)
4. St. Ambrose (Iowa)
5. Missouri Baptist
6. Concordia (Calif.)
7. Warner (Fla.)
8. Hope International (Calif.)
9. Lourdes (Ohio)
10. Robert Morris (Ill.)