KANSAS CITY – The NAIA released a new batch of Top-25 Polls this week for the sports of softball and tennis. The Crossroads League placed eight teams in those polls and currently boasts a total of 34 teams ranked or receiving votes.

 

SOFTBALL (Announced on March 13 – Next Poll on March 27)
No. 2 Marian (11-1, 2-0 CL) grabbed one first-place vote and moved up two spots in the new rankings with 480 votes. MU currently leads the NAIA with a staff earned-run average of 1.01.

No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan (19-2) did not change spots in the new poll, taking 369 points. The Wildcats have slugged .497 as a team through their first 20 outings.

RV Taylor (6-2) continued to receive votes in the poll with five points. TU boasts a .360 team batting average and has slugged .540 as a unit.

 

WOMEN’S TENNIS (Announced on March 13 – Next Poll on March 27)
No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan (23-1) slipped four spots in the latest ratings with 276 points. IWU is 9-1 this spring with a 5-1 clip against nationally-ranked teams.

RV Huntington (14-3) maintained its spot in the poll with 36 points. The Foresters have yet to open play this spring.

 

RV Marian (14-2) jumped back into the rankings with 16 points. The Knights have posted wins in each of their five spring outings.

 

MEN’S TENNIS (Announced on March 13 – Next Poll on March 27)
No. 23 Indiana Wesleyan (22-3) inched up two spots and garnered 108 points in the new poll. The Wildcats are 7-3 this spring and have played eight matches against teams ranked or receiving votes in the poll.

 

RV Marian (12-7) remained in the receiving votes portion of the poll with six points. MU is 2-4 this spring with three losses to ranked teams or NCAA Division II foes.

 

CROSSROADS LEAGUE IN ADDITIONAL TOP-25 POLLS

 

BASEBALL (Announced on March 6 – Next Poll on March 20)
RV Taylor

 

WOMEN’S GOLF (Announced on March 9 – Next Poll on March 23)
No. 15 Taylor

No. 25 Bethel

RV Marian

RV Saint Francis

RV Indiana Wesleyan

 

MEN’S GOLF (Announced on March 9 – Next Poll on March 23)
No. 13 Taylor

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (Announced on February 28 – Final Regular Season Poll)
No. 5 Marian

No. 15 Taylor

No. 17 Indiana Wesleyan

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL (Announced on February 28 – Final Regular Season Poll)
No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan

No. 7 Saint Francis

No. 18 Bethel

No. 24 Marian
RV Mount Vernon Nazarene

 

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY (Final Poll)
No. 5 Taylor
No. 21 Indiana Wesleyan

 

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY (Final Poll)
No. 14 Indiana Wesleyan
No. 17 Taylor

 

WOMEN’S SOCCER (Final Poll)
No. 1 Spring Arbor
No. 11 Marian
RV Indiana Wesleyan

 

MEN’S SOCCER (Final Poll)
RV Grace
RV Spring Arbor

 

VOLLEYBALL (Final Poll)
No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan
RV Marian