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First regular season NAIA Coaches' Poll results in top ranking for Lindsey Wilson

The Lindsey Wilson women's soccer team earned a No. 1 ranking in the first regular season NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week (LWC Athletics Photo)

The Lindsey Wilson women’s soccer team earned a No. 1 ranking in the first regular season NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll this week (LWC Athletics Photo)


The Lindsey Wilson women’s soccer team earned a No. 1 ranking for the first regular season NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, as announced by the national office on Tuesday.

The Blue Raiders received 16 first-place votes and 527 total voting points in the poll.

Lindsey Wilson (5-0-2) earned the No.1 ranking in the coaches’ poll by playing to a 3-0-2 record against five consecutive ranked opponents to open the season, including victories over Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio), William Carey (Miss.), and Northwestern Ohio, who were ranked 25th, 9th, and 2nd, respectively, at the time of each game.

Joining the Blue Raiders in the top five are No. 2 Mobile (Ala.), who received the remaining three first place votes and 508 points, No. 3 Northwestern Ohio, who earned 472 points, No. 4 Keiser (Fla.), who garnered 452 points, and No. 5 Martin Methodist (Tenn.), who was the recipient of 449 points.

The Blue Raiders are joined in the coaches’ poll by fellow MSC member Cumberland (Tenn.), which received 215 points to slide in at No. 19, while Campbellsville (Ky.) is receiving votes but not ranked.

The Blue Raiders travel to face Martin Methodist on Saturday in Pulaski, Tenn.

Meanwhile, the Lindsey Wilson men’s soccer team moved up three spots to No. 6 in the country after being ranked ninth in the preseason poll.

The men’s soccer team has now been ranked for 96-straight polls, which is the longest active streak in the NAIA. The Blue Raiders earned 434 total points in this week’s poll.

Lindsey Wilson is the only team from the Mid-South Conference ranked in the top-25, but Campbellsville (Ky.) and Cumberland (Tenn.) are both receiving votes.

Rio Grande (Ohio) moved up four spots to take over the number one ranking in the polls after starting the season 8-0-0. The Red Storm earned 529 point and 18 of the 19 first-place votes.

Preseason No. 1, Davenport (Mich.), dropped one spot as they are ranked second in the NAIA after receiving 494 voting points. Oklahoma City made the biggest jump in this first regular season poll as they moved from No. 20 to No. 3.

Rounding out the top-five is No. 4 Thomas (Ga.), who earned the final first place vote, and No. 5 Missouri Valley.

After their match on Tuesday night against Pikeville (Ky.), the Blue Raiders will face newly ranked No. 1 Rio Grande (Ohio) on Saturday in Rio Grande, Ohio at 6 p.m.

Lindsey Wilson’s volleyball team maintained its No. 5 ranking for a third consecutive week in the Tachikara-NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

The Blue Raiders received 484 total voting points in the poll. Lindsey Wilson held the No. 5 position with a 3-1 victory over St. Catharine (Ky.) on Sept. 15, in Biggers Sports Center.

The top-five teams in the poll went unchanged with Biola (Calif.) staying put at No. 1 with 557 points and 16 first-place votes. The remaining four first-place votes were awarded to No. 2 Viterbo (Wis.), who garnered 545 points. Missouri Baptist is third with 524 points, and Midland (Neb.) holds steadfast in fourth with 506 points.

New to the top 25 are No. 18 Concordia (Neb.) with 231 points, No. 23 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) with 171 votes, and No. 25 The Master’s (Calif.) with 92 votes.

The Blue Raiders are joined in the coaches’ poll by fellow MSC member Georgetown (Ky.), which received 250 votes to slot in at No. 17, while Cumberlands (Ky.) is receiving votes.

The Blue Raiders travel to face conference foe Cumberland (Tenn.) on Tuesday in Dallas Floyd Gymnasium.

Lindsey Wilson’s football team climbed one spot in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, moving up to No. 2 in the rankings.

The Blue Raiders received 327 total voting points and now trail only top-ranked Morningside (Iowa) in the polls.

Lindsey Wilson one-upped their previous program-best ranking of No. 3 established last week with the No. 2 ranking in the second, regular-season edition of the poll released this week.

The Blue Raiders are fresh off a 28-9 victory over Bluefield (Va.) on Saturday in the home opener. Dylan Beasley threw for 270 yards and a touchdown while Josh Haney ran for three scores on the ground.

The move from No. 3 to No. 2 was aided by former No. 1-ranked Marian (Ind.) being knocked off by Robert Morris (Ill.), who now ranks No. 7 in the polls. Marian fell to No. 8 in the poll. Top-ranked Morningside, who received all 15 first-place votes, faces NCAA Division III powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater in their next game on Thursday night.

Behind Lindsey Wilson at No. 3 is Baker (Kan.) with 300 points followed by Southern Oregon and Mid-South Conference West Division member Faulkner (Ala.) tied for fourth with 290 points. Fellow MSC West member Reinhardt (Ga.) is ranked No. 19.

Lindsey Wilson is off this week but returns to action on Oct. 3 when the Blue Raiders head to Barbourville, Ky., for a night game with Union (Ky.) scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT start.

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