Missouri Baptist Enters Top Three, St. Ambrose Moves up Three Spots
By Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications, Baker (Kan.)
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – For the first time this season, the Missouri Baptist men’s volleyball team moved into the top three of the 2015 NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 poll, announced on Monday.
The Spartans moved from No. 4 to No. 3 this week with its 12-5 record. The Spartans are winners of eight of its last nine games.
Also moving up this week is No. 5 ranked St. Ambrose (Iowa). The Bees moved up three spots this week after capturing last week’s NAIA Men’s Volleyball Match of the Week victory over Grand View (Iowa) on Mar. 4 in five sets (22-25, 25-17, 25-15, 22-25, 17-15). The Bees are now 18-5 overall and 5-3 in the NAIA North.
With the loss, Grand View fell back to No. 4. The Vikings are now 9-5 on the season and have lost two of its last three matches.
Park (Mo.) stayed in first place again this week, as the Pirates havecaptured the top spot in three straight polls. Park is 16-2 on the year andwill next take on No. 9 ranked Graceland (Iowa) this Thursday, Mar. 12 in Lamoni, Iowa.
The Yellowjackets moved up a spot this week from No. 10 to No. 9. Last week was the first week in 2015 that Graceland was featured in the poll. They went 2-0 this week with five set wins over Morningside (Iowa) and Missouri Valley.
Also for the third-straight week Clarke (Iowa) is ranked in the No. 2 spot. The Crusaders are 22-3 on the year and went 2-0 last week with three set wins over Robert Morris (Ill.) and Morningside.
No. 6 this week in Concordia (Calif.). The Eagles went 1-2 on the week with a 1-1 record against NCAA Division II Barton College and then lost in four sets to NCAA Division I Grand Canyon (Ariz.).
Warner (Fla.) and Hope International (Calif.) slipped down a spot to No. 7 and No. 8 respectively, while Lourdes (Ohio) also dropped a spot to No. 10.
2015 NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 Poll (Mar. 9, 2015)
1. Park University (Mo.)
2. Clarke (Iowa)
3. Missouri Baptist
4. Grand View (Iowa)
5. St. Ambrose (Iowa)
6. Concordia (Calif.)
7. Warner (Fla.)
8. Hope International (Calif.)
9. Graceland (Iowa)
10. Lourdes (Ohio)