2019 NAIA Men's Volleyball Coaches' Preseason Top 10 Poll

2019 NAIA Men's Volleyball Coaches' Preseason Top 10 Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The inaugural championship season for men’s volleyball opens with the defending invitational champions, Grand View (Iowa), at No. 1 in the preseason NAIA Men’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 10 Poll, the national office announced on Tuesday.

Top 10 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2017):

  • Grand View was ranked No. 1 five times during the 2018 season.
  • The Vikings return two-of-three first-team All-Americans in Felix Chapman and John Chamone. The team adds one top newcomer in Patrick Furlong.
  • No. 10 Missouri Valley lands at No. 10 in the poll after ending 2018 receiving votes.
  • No team has been ranked at No. 1 for an entire season in the last two year. Grand View has the most No. 1-rankings with 11. Missouri Baptist and Park (Mo.) are the only other teams with a No. 1-rank each with three.
  • Park holds the longest active streak in the polls with 19-consecutive rankings. Grand View, Lourdes (Ohio) and Ottawa (Kan.) follow with 18-consecutive rankings.

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
  • The Top 10 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
  • The frequency of polls occurs bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) for the 2016-17 academic season. This change will allow raters the opportunity to consider a larger body of work in between rating periods.
  • For the complete rating calendar, click here.


2019 Men’s Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Top 10 Poll

1 1 Grand View (Iowa) [10] 23-5 106
2 2 Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.) 21-9 96
3 4 Lourdes (Ohio) 23-8 88
4 3 Missouri Baptist 25-2 85
5 8 Park (Mo.) 15-10 73
6 9 St. Ambrose (Iowa) 21-10 65
7 7 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 25-9 55
8 5 Ottawa (Kan.) 22-9 40
9 9 St. Andrews (N.C.) 19-9 31
10 RV Missouri Valley 10-10 28

Others receiving votes: Robert Morris (Ill.) 26, Briar Cliff (Iowa) 18, Clarke (Iowa) 12, Hope International (Calif.) 6, Siena Heights (Mich.) 7


Source: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics


Championship Information

NAIA Men's Volleyball Championship

April 14-18, 2020
Charles S. Johnson Wellness Center
Des Moines, Iowa