Northwestern volleyball ranked #1 in NAIA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Indiana Wesleyan and Northwestern (Iowa) are the new reigning No. 1s in the latest edition of the 2023 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Rating. The Northwestern volleyball team (20-2, 11-2 GPAC) is ranked No. 1 in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for the third-time in program history and first time since the 2019 season. The Red Raiders received eight of the 20 possible first-place votes.

It also marks the 13th-straight poll ranked inside the top-10. Checking in behind Northwestern and Indiana Wesleyan is Eastern Oregon (24-1) who held onto the No. 3 ranking. After dropping a pair of matches since the last poll, the previously unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Bulldogs of Concordia (Neb.) dropped down to fourth. Rounding out the top-5 is the Viterbo (Wis.) V-Hawks, sitting at 25-3 on the season.

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.).

Checking in behind Northwestern and Indiana Wesleyan is Eastern Oregon (24-1) who held onto the No. 3 ranking. After dropping a pair of matches since the last poll, the previously unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Bulldogs of Concordia (Neb.) dropped down to fourth. Rounding out the top-5 is the Viterbo (Wis.) V-Hawks, sitting at 25-3 on the season.

The GPAC continues to have five teams inside the top-25, and one team receiving votes. As mentioned, Concordia and Northwestern continue to pace the league inside the top-5. College of Saint Mary makes it three teams inside the top-10 as they move up a spot to No. 8. Jamestown holds steady at No. 12, while Midland checks in at No. 18. New to the poll this week are the Mustangs of Morningside, who are receiving 11 votes.

GPAC IN THE RANKINGS

No. 1 – NORTHWESTERN RED RAIDERS (20-2, 11-2 GPAC)

No. 4 – Concordia (Neb.) Bulldogs (18-2, 11-2 GPAC)

No. 8 – College of Saint Mary Flames (21-5, 9-4 GPAC)

No. 12 – Jamestown Jimmies (19-7, 12-1 GPAC)

No. 18 – Midland Warriors (12-9, 8-5 GPAC)

RV (11) – Morningside Mustangs (15-14, 6-7 GPAC)

RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
12Indiana Wesleyan [10]26-0546
13Northwestern (Iowa) [8]20-2546
33Eastern Oregon [2]24-1529
41Concordia (Neb.)18-2501
55Viterbo (Wis.)25-3497
66Corban (Ore.)23-3467
78Park (Mo.)24-2446
89College of Saint Mary (Neb.)21-5429
97Missouri Baptist19-4423
1010Montana Tech19-3392
1111Vanguard (Calif.)22-1384
1212Jamestown (N.D.)19-7362
1314Texas Wesleyan21-3340
1415IU Kokomo (Ind.)24-3323
1513Columbia (Mo.)22-6290
1616Southern Oregon21-5263
1720Bethel (Ind.)23-4249
1817Midland (Neb.)12-9239
1922Saint Katherine (Calif.)24-2236
2018Bellevue (Neb.)19-8224
2119Central Methodist (Mo.)17-7220
2223St. Thomas (Fla.)19-2185
2325Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)25-6155
2424SAGU (Texas)18-6154
2521Ottawa (Kan.)17-9125

Receiving Votes: Indiana Tech 96, Montana Western 65, Valley City State (N.D.) 60, Blue Mountain Christian (Miss.) 39, CIU (S.C.) 32, Judson (Ill.) 29, Kansas Wesleyan 24, Morningside (Iowa) 11, Loyola (La.) 9, Indiana East (Ind.) 8, Marian (Ind.) 7, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 6, Oklahoma Wesleyan 6

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