Volleyball receives votes in latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

Volleyball received five votes in the second regular-season edition of the 2021 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. This marks the first time since 2018 the Saints have been included in the poll.

The Saints are 9-3 this season and undefeated in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play at 4-0. OLLU has won five of its last six matches including a sweep of Louisiana College and Texas College this past weekend. 

The team is ranked in the top 50 of the nation with 11.76 assists per set. Camila Ramirez (FR/El Paso, Texas) and Daisy Cantwell (SO/San Antonio, Texas) both have more than 100 kills. Tina Trevino (FR/Laredo, Texas) leads the squad with 204 digs and sophomore Madalyn Gonzalez (SO/San Antonio, Texas) has a team-high 21 blocks. Four different Saints have earned conference player of the week awards.

The highest mark the Saints have received in the poll came in 2016 when the team received 61 votes.

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Unaffiliated Groups.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
12Jamestown (N.D.)16-0588
23Viterbo (Wis.)20-1572
31Midland (Neb.)16-2540
44Missouri Baptist13-2538
56Park (Mo.)12-2517
67Corban (Ore.)15-0502
78Marian (Ind.)18-0478
811Bellevue (Neb.)11-2441
910Providence (Mont.)14-2440
1017College of Saint Mary (Neb.)16-2430
1112Central Methodist (Mo.)15-2387
1218Life (Ga.)18-1372
1314Eastern Oregon13-4360
13NRDakota Wesleyan (S.D.)15-1360
159Northwestern (Iowa)10-5313
1613Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)12-3294
17NRTaylor (Ind.)19-2278
185Dordt (Iowa)10-4274
1915Montana Tech12-4233
2020Ottawa (Ariz.)12-1227
2116Indiana Wesleyan10-3220
2220Columbia (Mo.)16-4206
2319Concordia (Neb.)9-6183
2424Grand View (Iowa)8-9133
25NREmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)13-5116

Dropped from the poll: Oklahoma City, Bethel (Ind.), Westmont (Calif.)

Receiving Votes: Madonna (Mich.) 81, Bushnell (Ore.) 74, Doane (Neb.) 73, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 48, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 43, Westmont (Calif.) 37, Saint Mary (Kan.) 27, Bethel (Ind.) 19, SAGU (Texas) 16, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 8, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 5, IU South Bend (Ind.) 4, Oklahoma City 3