@MUCrusadersVB makes largest move of the season in latest poll
Volleyball - Wed, Oct. 4, 2017
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the third regular-season 2017 NAIA Women's Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll on Tuesday evening and Madonna University continued to climb the poll as they ranked No. 16.

The Crusaders, who began the season ranked 24th in the preseason poll, have steadily risen in the rankings each week to their current spot at No. 16 with 308 total points. The four position move, the largest of the season for MU, comes on the heels of the Crusaders' four set victory over then No. 14 Cornerstone on Friday night.

With the big win last week, the Crusaders took over the top ranking in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference as the Golden Eagles fell four spots to No. 18 with 268 points. Siena Heights was also mentioned in the poll as they received five votes.

There were several changes atop the poll as Viterbo (Wis.) took over the top spot as one of two undefeated teams. The V-Hawks captured 17-of-21 first place votes and 588 total points while Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), the nation's other undefeated program, is second with four four first place votes and 573 total points. Northwestern (Iowa), who upset then No. 1 Hastings (Neb.), moved eight spots to No. 3 with 548 points while Hastings fell to No. 4 with 525 points. Park (Mo.) rounds out the top five with 515 points.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated groups.

2017 NAIA Women's Volleyball Coaches' Top 25 Poll – Poll #3 (Oct. 3)

RANK

LAST

WEEK^

SCHOOL [FIRST PLACE VOTES]

RECORD

POINTS

1

2

Viterbo (Wis.) [17]

16-0

588

2

3

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) [4]

17-0

573

3

11

Northwestern (Iowa)

19-1

548

4

1

Hastings (Neb.)

14-1

525

5

4

Park (Mo.)

16-2

515

6

5

Westmont (Calif.)

21-1

509

7

6

Dordt (Iowa)

18-3

475

8

8

College of Idaho

16-2

448

9

9

Midland (Neb.)

14-4

430

10

10

Missouri Baptist

20-3

419

11

13

Grand View (Iowa)

16-6

411

12

16

Corban (Ore.)

14-6

360

13

7

Columbia (Mo.)

18-3

356

14

12

Eastern Oregon

14-5

344

15

17

Montana Tech

12-5

323

16

20

Madonna (Mich.)

19-2

308

17

18

Georgetown (Ky.)

10-1

277

18

14

Cornerstone (Mich.)

14-6

268

19

19

Bellevue (Neb.)

18-4

259

20

23

Jamestown (N.D.)

11-6

231

21

24

Morningside (Iowa)

14-7

223

22

21

Missouri Valley

20-3

168

23

15

Doane (Neb.)

10-9

167

24

NR

Campbellsville (Ky.)

14-3

105

25

25

Marian (Ind.)

18-3

103

     

Dropped from the rankings: No. 22 Ottawa (Kan.)

Others receiving votes: Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 102, Northwest (Wash.) 86, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 82, William Woods (Mo.) 63, Kansas Wesleyan 57, Indiana Wesleyan 51, Union (Ky.) 16, College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 14, Ottawa (Kan.) 11, Mobile (Ala.) 10, Siena Heights (Mich.) 5, Webber International (Fla.) 4

^Top 25 ranking in Coaches' Poll on Sept. 19, 2017

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