Northwestern volleyball 8th in final NAIA poll

November 09, 2022 11:54am

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Northwestern College volleyball team (21-7, 11-5 GPAC) will enter the 2022 NAIA national tournament ranked No. 8 in the final poll of the season, the national office announced Wednesday morning. The poll marks the eighth-straight poll the Red Raiders have been ranked inside the top-10. The Raiders await their Opening Round opponent. The NAIA is set to unleash the Opening Round pairings on Monday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m. (CT).

The Mountaineers of Eastern Oregon University (28-2, 21-1 CCC) remains the top-ranked team in the NAIA. The rest of the top-5 teams remain the same with just some slight shuffling between them. Jamestown holds steady at No. 2, but Midland and Corban (Ore.) switch spots, now ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Concordia (Neb.) finished in a tie for fourth with Corban, both having 523 points.

Six Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) teams are ranked inside the top-25. Three GPAC teams now find themselves in the top-5 this poll. Jamestown holds steady at No. 2, Midland slides up to No. 3, and Concordia (Neb.) is at tied with Corban, Ore. For No. 4. Inside the top-10, Dakota Wesleyan (No. 6) and Northwestern (No. 8). The College of Saint Mary slid down three spots from No. 12 to No. 15, entering the national tournament. Dordt dropped out of the top-25 and are now receiving 10 votes. The Hastings College Broncos sit just outside the top-25 receiving 93 votes, a mere five points away from No. 25-ranked Westmont (Calif.).