Missouri Valley Enters Top 10
Courtesy of Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics, Baker (Kan.)
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – For the first time this season, the Missouri Valley men’s volleyball team entered the NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 poll as they come in ranked No. 10 this week.
The Vikings earned the biggest upset of last week’s matchups with a three set win over No. 2 ranked Grand View (Iowa) at home (25-22, 25-23, 25-23). The win moved Mo Val to 6-10 on the year.
In the premier matchup of the week, No. 1 Missouri Baptist went on the road and defeated then-No. 5 Park University (Mo.) in four sets (26-28, 25-19, 25-22, 25-20) and is now 19-0 on the year.
No. 3 Graceland (Iowa) had last week off and enters this week with a record of 15-2 overall and No. 4 St. Ambrose (Iowa) held its same spot as a week ago with its 12-3 record. They have captured 11-straight victories.
No. 5 Warner (Fla.) also earned an upset on its resume and went 4-0 last week. They defeated Park University in three sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-16) and took down Briar Cliff (Iowa) in three sets, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) in four and No. 10 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) in four sets. For its 4-0 week, the Royals moved up two spots to No. 5.
No. 6 Park moved down a spot this week, after its losses to No. 1 MBU and Warner. The Pirates are now 10-7 on the year.
No. 7 Clarke (Iowa) had a busy week with five matches. The Crusaders nearly came out unblemished other than a five set loss to Park (25-20, 25-17, 18-25, 23-25, 13-15). Clarke also defeated then-No. 10 Culver-Stockton, Missouri Valley, Lindenwood-Bellville and University of California-Merced.
No. 8 Lourdes (Ohio) and No. 9 Robert Morris (Ill.) held on to its same spots as a week ago.
NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 Poll | No. 6 | February 29, 2016
No. 1 Missouri Baptist – St. Louis, Missouri
No. 2 Grand View – Des Moines, Iowa
No. 3 Graceland – Lamoni, Iowa
No. 4 St. Ambrose – Davenport, Iowa
No. 5 Warner – Lake Wales, Florida
No. 6 Park – Parkville, Missouri
No. 7 Clarke – Dubuque, Iowa
No. 8 Lourdes – Sylvania, Ohio
No. 9 Robert Morris – Chicago, Ill.
No. 10 Missouri Valley – Marshall, Missouri