Northwestern volleyball remains inside the Top-10 in NAIA Coaches' Poll
September 15, 2021 12:09pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced this morning their second regular season volleyball poll which sees the Northwestern College volleyball team (8-2, 1-1 GPAC) remain inside the top-10 at No. 9.
Despite two losses this past week to two top-15 ranked opponents – both in five sets - to then ranked No. 12 Bellevue (7-2, 0-0 NSAA) and No. 2 Jamestown. Bellevue this week climbs to No. 11 and Jamestown holding steady at No. 2.
Alysen Dexter (Fr., Urbandale, Iowa/Des Moines Christian) has been a constant threat for opposing defenses as she's the only Raider to notch over 100 kills on the season with 126 to her name. Bekah Horstman (Sr., Pella, Iowa/Pella Christian) sits second with 90 kills.
Jadeyn Schutt (Jr., Orange City, Iowa/MOC-Floyd Valley) and Emily Strasser (Sr., Sioux Falls, S.D./Sioux Falls Christian) both have an impressive 17 service aces on the season to lead the team in that category. Strasser, from her libero position, also leads the team in digs with 160.
Four Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) teams remain in the top-10 this week, three of which find themselves in the top-5 (Midland, Jamestown, Dordt). For the first time this season, a GPAC institution is atop the NAIA Coaches' Poll as Midland (14-0, 3-0 GPAC) climbs up from No. 3, jumping No. 2 Jamestown, for the top spot after Missouri Baptist (9-2, 0-0 AMC) drops to No. 3.
GPAC Teams in the Polls:
No. 1 – Midland Warriors (14-0, 3-0 GPAC)
No. 2 – Jamestown Jimmies (11-0, 2-0 GPAC)
No. 5 – Dordt Defenders (10-1, 2-0 GPAC)
No. 9 – Northwestern Red Raiders (8-2, 1-1 GPAC)
No. 19 – Concordia (Neb.) Bulldogs (6-5, 1-2 GPAC)
RV (90) – Dakota Wesleyan Tigers (10-1, 1-0 GPAC)
The next two weeks sees the Raiders face RV Dakota Wesleyan this evening, and now No. 9-ranked Viterbo (Wis.) – new to the top-5 this week. Finally, a trip to Jamestown, N.D. to finish the season series with the Jimmies of Jamestown on Sept. 21.
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