Red Raiders hold top-5 spot in NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Northwestern College volleyball team (17-2, 8-2 GPAC) holds a top-5 spot in the fourth regular season NAIA Coaches’ Poll.

The Red Raiders dropped one spot to third poll in the NAIA, the 12th-straight poll ranked inside the top-10. Northwestern sees a two-way tie with Eastern Oregon for No. 3 in the nation, both teams sitting at 551 points in the poll.

The Bulldogs of Concordia University (Neb.) hold onto the No. 1 ranking in the most recent poll with a 17-0 record. Also, undefeated Indiana Wesleyan (22-0) moves into the No. 2 slot, while the Red Raiders and Eastern Oregon sit tied for No. 3 in the NAIA. Viterbo (Wis.) slides up to make an appearance inside the top-5 at No. 5 with a 19-3 record.

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 check in at No. 9. Jamestown continues to climb back up the rankings, moving from No. 14 to No. 12 in this edition. Midland drops to No. 17 in the nation with a 9-9 mark. Dakota Wesleyan remains to be the team receiving votes, tallying 26.

GPAC IN THE RANKINGS

No. 1 – Concordia (Neb.) Bulldogs (17-0, 10-0 GPAC)

No. 3 – NORTHWESTERN RED RAIDERS (17-2, 8-2 GPAC)

No. 9 – College of Saint Mary Flames (18-4, 7-3 GPAC)

No. 12 – Jamestown Jimmies (16-6, 9-1 GPAC)

No. 17 – Midland Warriors (9-9, 5-5 GPAC)

RV (26) – Dakota Wesleyan Tigers (15-11, 5-5 GPAC)

RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
11Concordia (Neb.) [21]17-0591
23Indiana Wesleyan22-0554
34Eastern Oregon19-1551
32Northwestern (Iowa)17-2551
56Viterbo (Wis.)19-3512
65Corban (Ore.)18-3503
77Missouri Baptist14-3474
88Park (Mo.)16-2460
911College of Saint Mary (Neb.)18-4422
109Montana Tech15-3421
1112Vanguard (Calif.)19-1402
1214Jamestown (N.D.)16-6383
1313Columbia (Mo.)19-4371
1417Texas Wesleyan17-3341
1518IU Kokomo (Ind.)19-3300
1616Southern Oregon16-5259
1710Midland (Neb.)9-9249
1815Bellevue (Neb.)16-5244
1922Central Methodist (Mo.)13-6221
20RVBethel (Ind.)19-3213
2123Ottawa (Kan.)14-7212
22RVSaint Katherine (Calif.)18-2200
2324St. Thomas (Fla.)16-2184
2425SAGU (Texas)14-6151
2519Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)22-5145

Dropped from the Top 25: Kansas Wesleyan, Indiana Tech

Receiving Votes: Kansas Wesleyan 136, Indiana Tech 109, Montana Western 80, CIU (S.C.) 70, Valley City State (N.D.) 47, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 26, Blue Mountain (Miss.) 17, Marian (Ind.) 16, Providence (Mont.) 6, Loyola (La.) 6, Benedictine (Kan.) 3, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 3, Oklahoma Wesleyan 3, Northwest (Wash.) 3

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