Graceland Enters Top Four
Courtesy of Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics, Baker (Kan.)
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After capturing its thirteenth-straight victory, the Graceland University (Iowa) men’s volleyball team jumped up to No. 4 in this week’s NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 poll, announced on Monday.
The Jackets are currently 14-1 overall and 1-1 in the NAIA North after rolling through the Tachikara Invitational hosted by Park University (Mo.). They picked up wins over Morningside (Iowa), Ottawa (Kan.), Dordt (Iowa) and then-No. 7 ranked Park.
Spots 1-3 remained unchanged from a week ago. No. 1 Missouri Baptist, No. 2 Grand View (Iowa) and No. 3 Clarke (Iowa) all kept its same spot.
Missouri Baptist is a perfect 10-0 on the season, while Grand View stands at 6-3 and Clarke is 9-0.
No. 5 Park jumped up two spots this week after hosting the Tachikara Invitational. The Pirates went 2-2 at that tournament with losses to Clarke and Graceland, but defeated then-No. 4 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) and No. 6 ranked Warner (Florida). The Pirates are 4-5 overall on the season.
Warner went 3-1 at the Tachikara Invite with wins over Ottawa, Morningside and Dordt.
St. Ambrose (Iowa) bumped up a spot to No. 7 this week with a 3-0 week with wins over Calumet College of St. Joseph (Indiana), St. Xavier (Ill.) and Quincy.
Lourdes (Ohio) also leaped a spot to No. 8 this week. The Gray Wolves are now 7-1 on the year and are winners of five-straight matches.
No. 9 Culver-Stockton fell five spots this week after its 2-2 mark at the Park tournament.
Robert Morris enters the Top 10 this week. The Eagles are 12-3 on the season and took No. 1 Missouri Baptist to four sets before falling the Spartans on Feb. 5.
NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 Poll | No. 3 | February 8, 2016
No. 1 Missouri Baptist – St. Louis, Missouri
No. 2 Grand View – Des Moines, Iowa
No. 3 Clarke – Dubuque, Iowa
No. 4 Graceland – Lamoni, Iowa
No. 5 Park – Parkville, Missouri
No. 6 Warner – Lake Wales, Florida
No. 7 St. Ambrose – Davenport, Iowa
No. 8 Lourdes – Sylvania, Ohio
No. 9 Culver-Stockton – Canton, Missouri
No. 10 Robert Morris – Chicago, Ill.