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The Master's College

Volleyball Jumps to No. 8

October 02, 2012

 

By Travis Rae, NAIA Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Receiving all 23 first-place votes and 653 points, Texas at Brownsville remains the No. 1 team in the fifth edition of the Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. This is the seventh-consecutive week the Scorpions have been ranked No. 1.

Texas at Brownsville dominated Red River Athletic Conference play sweeping its three matches last week. The Scorpions defeated Jarvis Christian (Texas) 3-0 (25-5, 25-7, 25-19) and Wiley (Texas) 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-19) on Sept. 28. A day later Texas at Brownsville defeated Texas College 3-0 (25-10, 25-5, 25-8). The wins increase the Scorpions winning streak to 24 matches.

Nos. 2-4 remained the same as Concordia (Calif.) earned 632 points for the second position, followed by No. 3 Columbia (Mo.), which garnered 609 points. Biola (Calif.) holds at No. 4 receiving 592 while Lee (Tenn.) moves up one spot to round out the top 5 with 567 points.

The biggest mover this week was The Master's (Calif.) as it jumped five spots to No. 8. This is the Mustangs first top 10 ranking, dating back to 2000. The Mustangs won all three of its matches last week with over then-No. 5 Westmont (Calif.) 3-1 (19-25, 26-24, 25-15, 25-16), Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 3-0 (25-17, 25-8, 25-19) and Arizona Christian 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-16).

After spending the previous two weeks at No. 5, Westmont falls to No. 10 after dropping its two matches this week.

Despite 15-of-25 teams shuffling positions, no new teams joined the Top 25.

Sixteen conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) with four ranked teams. Representing the GSAC are Concordia, Biola, The Master's College and Westmont.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Independents. The fourth regular-season poll will be announced on Oct. 9.

2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 5

RANK

LAST Time

SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)

RECORD

TOTAL POINTS

1

1

Texas at Brownsville (23)

15-0

653

2

2

Concordia (Calif.)

18-0

632

3

3

Columbia (Mo.)

16-1

609

4

4

Biola (Calif.)

18-1

592

5

6

Lee (Tenn.)

14-6

567

6

7

Hastings (Neb.)

15-3

544

7

8

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

12-4

520

8

13

The Master’s (Calif.)

18-2

506

9

10

Indiana Wesleyan

20-1

472

10

5

Westmont (Calif.)

17-4

462

11

9

Cal State San Marcos

16-8

441

12

11

Oklahoma Baptist

19-3

432

13

12

Grand View (Iowa)

18-4

409

14

14

Doane (Neb.)

18-5

380

15

16

Georgetown (Ky.)

16-2

349

15

15

College of Idaho

12-4

349

17

17

Madonna (Mich.)

17-4

320

18

18

Indiana East

20-1

292

19

20

Viterbo (Wis.)

18-4

252

20

19

Missouri Baptist

19-0

251

21

21

Midland (Neb.)

13-6

238

22

22

Cornerstone (Mich.)

12-4

232

23

25

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

13-4

178

24

23

Taylor (Ind.)

12-6

150

25

24

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

9-6

133

Notes: (All information as of 2000) Texas at Brownsville's 15 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 15 of the last 18 weeks... Concordia (Calif.) has the longest active streak in the Top 25 as it has been ranked for 78-straight polls; right behind Concordia is Biola (Calif.) with 77-straight polls... Only three undefeated teams remain in the Nation; all three teams are in the Top 25... The top four positions remained the same for the fifth-consecutive week... 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. 8 is the highest The Master's (Calif.) has been ranked.