Graceland Enters Top 10
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The top four spots stayed put this week and Graceland (Iowa) entered the poll for the first time in 2015 in this week’s NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 Poll.
Graceland went 2-0 last week with a road win at Culver-Stockton (Mo.) and then picked up a home victory over then-No. 5 ranked St. Ambrose (Iowa) in four sets (25-16, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23).
Park (Mo.), Clarke (Iowa), Grand View (Iowa) and Missouri Baptist all stayed in the 1-4 spots respectively.
No. 1 Park moved its winning streak to seven matches and is now a perfect 3-0 against No. 2 ranked Clarke University, as the Pirates defeated the Crusaders in five sets at the Missouri Valley Invitational (24-26, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23,15-7). Park went 5-0 last week and is currently 16-2 on the season.
No. 2Clarke went 3-1 last week and improved to 20-0 on the season against its opponents except Park University. The Crusaders are 0-3 against the No. 1 ranked Pirates, but two of those losses have come in five sets.
The No. 3 ranked Grand View Vikings defeated Morningside (Iowa) in three sets to move to 9-4 on the year, while Missouri Baptist stayed at No. 4 after a 3-1 week. There lone loss came to Clarke in four sets (25-23, 18-25, 19-25, 21-25). The Spartans three victories came against Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), Robert Morris (Ill.) and St. Xavier (Ill.).
Concordia (Calif.) moved up a spot to No. 5 this week and will next compete on March 6 against Barton College and Grand Canyon University.
St. Ambrose moved down from No. 5 to No. 8 after its loss to Graceland and currently stand at 14-5 and 4-3 in the NAIA North division.
Warner (Fla.) and Hope International (Calif.) moved up a spot this week, as the Warner Royals pushed up into the No. 6 ranking, while the Hope International Royals are now No. 7 in the NAIA.
And Lourdes (Ohio) moved back into the No. 9 spot, after solidifying the No. 10 ranking last week.
2015 NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 Poll (March 2, 2015)
1. Park (Mo.)
2. Clarke (Iowa)
3. Grand View (Iowa)
4. Missouri Baptist
5. Concordia (Calif.)
6. Warner (Fla.)
7. Hope International (Calif.)
8. St. Ambrose (Iowa)
9. Lourdes (Ohio)
10. Graceland (Iowa)