Northwestern #1 in Final NAIA Volleyball Coaches top 25 poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Northwestern (Iowa) remains at No. 1 in the final edition of the 2023 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Rating, while Indiana Wesleyan followed with 11-of-21 of the first-place votes. SAGU (Texas) made the most significant jump up in the poll as the team moved five spots from No. 24 to No. 19. Northwestern secured 580 team points and 10 first-place votes, while No. 2-ranked Indiana Wesleyan (30-0) had 11 first-place votes and 579 team points. No. 3 through No. 5 hold steady in Eastern Oregon (28-1), Concordia (Neb.) (22-2), and Viterbo (Wis.) (28-4). The Red Raiders are 2-0 this season against teams currently sitting in the top-5 in the fifth edition of the poll with wins over Concordia (Neb.) and Viterbo (Wis.).

The GPAC continues to have five teams inside the top-25, and one team receiving votes. Concordia and Northwestern continue to pace the league inside the top-5. The Jamestown Jimmies crack the top-10 at No. 9. Midland moves up three spots and is now No. 15, while the College of Saint Mary dropped eight spots and checks in at No. 16. The Morningside Mustangs continue to receive votes, this time with just six votes.

RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
11Northwestern (Iowa) [10]24-2580
21Indiana Wesleyan [11]30-0579
33Eastern Oregon28-1558
44Concordia (Neb.)22-2534
55Viterbo (Wis.)28-4509
67Park (Mo.)28-2499
76Corban (Ore.)25-5450
89Missouri Baptist23-5449
912Jamestown (N.D.)23-8443
1011Vanguard (Calif.)26-1428
1110Montana Tech22-4417
1215Columbia (Mo.)26-6355
1216Southern Oregon25-5355
1414IU Kokomo (Ind.)29-3344
1518Midland (Neb.)15-10340
168College of Saint Mary (Neb.)22-8297
1719Saint Katherine (Calif.)28-2279
1820Bellevue (Neb.)22-8260
1924SAGU (Texas)22-6235
2023Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)29-6225
2121Central Methodist (Mo.)21-9224
2222St. Thomas (Fla.)23-2213
2313Texas Wesleyan23-5181
2417Bethel (Ind.)26-5164
25NROklahoma Wesleyan24-4117

 Dropped from the Top 25: Ottawa (Kan.)

Receiving Votes: Valley City State (N.D.) 66; Indiana Tech 60; Blue Mountain Christian (Miss.) 59; CIU (S.C.) 48; Kansas Wesleyan 45; Marian (Ind.) 34; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 24; Judson (Ill.) 20; Ottawa (Kan.) 18; Loyola (La.) 15; Morningside (Iowa) 6; Indiana East (Ind.) 5; Menlo (Calif.) 3

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