Menlo Men’s Volleyball Jumps to #2 in NAIA Coaches Poll

VSN (admin) Published Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – 5:00 PM


By: Ryan Barnett

KANSAS CITY, MO. — After a thrilling first two weeks of the season in which the Oaks jumped to 5-0, dropping just one set in those five games, Menlo has made a huge jump in the NAIA Coaches polls, from #7 in the preseason polls to #2 in the first poll of the season. The #2 ranking is the highest ever in the history of the Oaks program. Menlo is alone behind the defending National Champion Grand View, a matchup the Oaks would love to see at this year’s NAIA National Tournament.

The Oaks started their season with a pair of tournaments, each featuring strong teams, Slug Slam, hosted by UC Santa Cruz, and the Oak Invitational. At Slug Slam, the Oaks faced off against two teams that received votes in the NCAA DIII Coaches Polls, Cal Lutheran and Stevenson, and both won. Then, at the Oak Invitational, Menlo took a perfect 3-0, beating a pair of NAIA-ranked teams, UC Merced and Benedictine Mesa, via sweep in the process. It’s safe to say that Menlo has once again cemented himself as a national men’s volleyball powerhouse after opting out of the 2021 season.

Menlo will be in action next Friday for a doubleheader with Pacific Union. Those matches begin at 11am and 1pm at the Haynes-Prim Pavilion and can be streamed at gsacsportsnetwork.com/menlo.

RANK LAST TIME TEAM [FIRST-PLACE VOTES] FILE POINTS
1 1 Grand View (Iowa) [12] 2-0 252
2 7 Menlo (California) [2] 5-0 242
3 3 Vanguard (California) 2-1 228
4 4 Park (Mon.) 2-0 221
5 5 Lourdes, Ohio 1-0 199
6 2 Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.) 1-2 197
7 6 Jamestown (ND) 0-0 178
8 8 Missouri Valley 1-0 169
9 9 Indiana Tech 7-0 159
10 11 George Town (Ky.) 2-0 138
11 12 Missouri Baptist 2-0 136
12 13 Ottawa (Ariz.) 4-0 128
13 14 Campbellsville (Ky.) 1-1 93
14 10 Saint Xavier (image) 2-5 89
15 15 UC Merced (California) 2-2 87

Dropped from the Top 15: None

Receive votes: William Penn (Iowa) 78, Aquinas (Mich.) 72, The Master’s (Calif.) 47, Siena Heights (Mich.) 26, St. Ambrose (Iowa) 16, Life (Ga.) 12, Mount Mercy (Iowa) 9, Hope International (Calif.) 6, Ottawa (Kan.) 3, Fisher (Mass.) 3, Webber International (Fla.) 3

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