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2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 9

Concordia (Calif.) takes over at No. 1 in Coaches' Top 25

October 30, 2012

By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the first time in the 2012 season, there is a new No. 1, as Concordia (Calif.) comes in at the top spot in the ninth edition of the 2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Eagles received all 23 first-place votes and garnered 653 points. This is Concordia's first No. 1 ranking since November 11, 2011.

Concordia extended its winning streak to NAIA-best 26 games after a 3-0 week. The Eagles defeated No. 12 Westmont (Calif.), 3-0, (25-13, 25-19, 25-13), Arizona Christian, 3-0, (25-9, 25-13, 25-13) and then-No. 1 Texas at Brownsville 3-2, (24-26, 30-28, 25-20, 20-25, 15-12) in the NAIA Match of the Week. Brooke Marino led the Eagles with a game-high 22 kills and a team-high 26 digs against the Scropions.

With the loss to Concordia, Texas at Brownsville falls one spot to No. 2 earning 632 points. Columbia (Mo.) and Biola (Calif.) remain at No. 3 and 4 after collecting 611 and 590 points, respectfully. Rounding out the top five is No. 5 Hastings (Neb.) captured 567 points. This is the Broncos first top 5 ranking since Aug. 15, 2000 when they were ranked No. 2.

For the first time since 2000, No. 25 Point Park (Pa.) joins the Top 25. The Pioneers were 3-2 last week with victories over then-No. 5 Lee (Tenn.), 3-2, (25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 15-25, 15-2), Taylor (Ind.), 3-0, (25-22, 25-22, 25-22) and St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.), 3-0, (25-17, 25-10, 25-17).

Seven schools moved up in the Top 25 with Cal State San Marcos being the biggest mover moving up two spots, from No. 18 to No. 16. Cal State San Marcos dropped its first match of the week to NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 3-2, (25-27, 25-20, 25-15, 15-25, 10-15) before rebounding to win its next four against La Sierra (Calif.), 3-0, (25-19, 25-20, 25-22), William Jessup (Calif.), 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-11), Embry-Riddle (Ariz.), 3-0, (25-22, 25-11, 25-18) and Johnson & Wales (Colo.), 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-13).

Falling out of the poll this week is Park (Mo.) (No.25).

Sixteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) with five ranked teams. Representing the GSAC is Concordia, Biola, No. 7 The Master's (Calif.), No. 12 Westmont and No. 21 Vanguard (Calif.).

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Independents. The tenth regular-season poll will be announced on Nov. 6.

2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 9

RANK

LAST TIME

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

2

Concordia (Calif.) (23)

26-0

653

2

1

Texas at Brownsville

22-1

632

3

3

Columbia (Mo.)

30-1

611

4

4

Biola (Calif.)

23-3

590

5

6

Hastings (Neb.)

23-3

567

6

7

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

24-4

543

7

8

The Master’s (Calif.)

22-4

510

8

9

Indiana Wesleyan

31-2

497

9

5

Lee (Tenn.)

23-9

480

10

10

Oklahoma Baptist

27-4

472

11

11

Georgetown (Ky.)

29-3

462

12

12

Westmont (Calif.)

22-6

420

13

13

Missouri Baptist

30-2

412

14

15

Indiana East

37-3

382

15

14

College of Idaho

17-6

305

16

16

Madonna (Mich.)

28-7

303

16

18

Cal State San Marcos

21-12

303

18

17

Grand View (Iowa)

27-9

287

19

19

Doane (Neb.)

23-8

282

20

20

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

20-4

280

21

21

Vanguard (Calif.)

15-12

261

22

22

Midland (Neb.)

19-8

192

23

23

Viterbo (Wis.)

28-6

189

24

24

Bellevue (Neb.)

29-9

163

25

RV

Point Park (Pa.)

26-8

129

Notes: (All information as of 2000) Concordia (Calif.) makes its fourth appearance at the No. 1 ranking... Texas at Brownsville's 18 No. 1 rankings are the fourth-most all-time ... Former member, Fresno Pacific (Calif.), has the most No. 1 appearances with 70, followed by former member National American (S.D.) with 32 and Columbia (Mo.) with 20...Texas at Brownsville has been ranked No. 1 in 18 of the last 22 weeks... Concordia has the longest active streak in the Top 25 as it has been ranked for 82-straight polls; right behind Concordia is Biola (Calif.) with 81-straight polls... ... There has only been one program that has been able to maintain the No. 1 ranking for an entire season with Fresno Pacific accomplishing the feat in 2004, 2008 and 2009... No. 14 is the highest Indiana East has been ranked...Hastings (Neb.) has earned a top five ranking for the first time since Aug. 15, 2000.