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2013 NAIA Volleyball Weekly Report No. 6

September 27, 2013

By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information

NAIA Match of the Week
No. 19 Dordt (Iowa) (11-3, 3-1 GPAC) at No. 5 Midland (Neb.) (21-0, 3-0 GPAC)
Saturday, Sept. 28 | 3 p.m. CDT | Midland Events Center | Fremont, Neb.
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• No. 5 Midland (Neb.) will try to stay undefeated on the season as the 21-0 Warriors host No. 19 Dordt (Iowa) in a Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) showdown on Saturday. Midland is 3-0 in the GPAC standings, one-half game behind Northwestern (Iowa) for the top spot while Dordt is 3-1 in circuit play.
• Both teams have Friday conference matches as Midland hosts Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) and Dordt is at Nebraska Wesleyan.
• Dordt is riding a 15-match win streak in the all-time series. During that streak, the Defenders have swept Midland 11 times. The last Dordt loss (3-2) against Midland came during the 2002 season.
• Dordt has owned the Warriors in the all-time series with an 18-2 mark. The Defenders took a 3-2 contest (25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-10) in the last meeting on Oct. 6, 2012 in Fremont, Neb. Lindsey Floen was the difference-maker on the front line with 10 total blocks (eight assists) as the team totaled 19.0 overall blocks. Midland hit just .141 during the contest.
• With 21 wins, Midland holds more victories in 2013 than any other team in the nation and equals its win total from a year ago. The 21-0 start is a program-best and sets an institutional record for consecutive wins. Of those 21 victories, the Warriors have swept 15 opponents and defeated six nationally ranked teams. Recently, Midland notched a 3-1 victory Tuesday over Nebraska Wesleyan (25-22,22-25,25-21,25-22).
• The Warriors are sitting sixth in the NAIA in total kills (1001) and sixth in total assists (901). Individually, setter Megan Farley ranks fourth in the NAIA in total assists (793), and Heather Pribyl is eighth nationally in total blocks (73). Farley has notched 40-plus assists in seven matches (21 total), including six out of her last seven contests.
• Dordt had its eight-match win streak stopped with a 3-2 loss (25-23, 26-24, 20-25, 23-25, 15-10) to No. 7 Northwestern (Iowa) on Wednesday. The setback marked the third time this season that the Defenders have lost a five-set match.
• As a team, the Defenders are third in the country in hitting percentage (.295) and 16th in kills per set (13.5). Floen is second in the NAIA in hitting percentage (.441) and also tops the team in blocks per set (1.05) and is second in kills per set (3.04). Floen has hit .500-or-better in 8-of-14 matches this year.
• At home this year, Midland is 3-0 and welcomes its first Top 25 team to the Midland Events Center. Overall, the Warriors have a seven-match home win streak. In true road contests this season, Dordt is 1-0 with a 3-1 win at Briar Cliff (Iowa) on Sept. 14.
• Last year, Midland finished 21-11 and 11-6 in the GPAC. No. 5 Hastings (Neb.) ended the Warriors season with a 3-2 victory on Nov. 8 in the GPAC Semifinals.
• Dordt was 22-12 overall and 11-6 in the conference. The season ended in the GPAC Quarterfinals with a 3-0 loss to Briar Cliff on Nov. 6.

Some information courtesy of Midland and Dordt Sports Information Departments

This Week Around NAIA Volleyball
• The Top 25 teams have gone 16-3 this week through Wednesday action. The losses were recorded by No. 10 Westmont (Calif.), No. 17 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 19 Dordt (Iowa) with all coming against another ranked opponent.
• Riding a 48-match win streak, No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) next travels to Arizona Christian on Saturday. The streak is the fourth-longest in NAIA annals and trails the 52-gamer accomplished by former member BYU-Hawaii during the 1995-96 campaigns. The last loss for the Eagles came Dec. 3, 2011 in the NAIA National Championship final against Texas at Brownsville.
• No. 3 Biola (Calif.) stayed undefeated at 11-0 with a 3-0 win over No. 17 Vanguard (Calif.) on Tuesday.
• Another undefeated team facing a Top 25 opponent later this week, No. 5 Midland (Neb.) battles No. 19 Dordt (Iowa) on Saturday in the NAIA Match of the Week. Midland holds the most wins in the NAIA with a 21-0 mark.
• No. 9 Westmont, after a 3-1 loss to unranked Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday, fell for the first time this year. The Warriors were 12-0 prior to that match.
• Overall, there are six Top 25 match-ups scheduled this week:
o Tuesday: No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) def. No. 10 Westmont (Calif.), 3-0
o Tuesday: No. 3 Biola (Calif.) def. No. 17 Vanguard (Calif.), 3-0
o Tuesday: No. 7 Northwestern (Iowa) def. No. 19 Dordt (Iowa), 3-2
o Saturday: No. 19 Dordt (Iowa) at No. 5 Midland (Neb.)
o Saturday: No. 12 Oklahoma Baptist at No. 22 Wayland Baptist (Texas)
o Saturday: No. 17 Vanguard (Calif.) at No. 21 The Master's (Calif.)
• Overall, this week includes three contests that match Top 25 teams against squads who received votes in the third regular-season coaches poll:
o Friday: No. 4 Madonna (Mich.) at (RV) Cornerstone (Mich.)
o Friday: (RV) Indiana Wesleyan vs. No. 16 Columbia (Mo.)
o Saturday: (RV) Davenport (Mich.) vs. No. 17 Viterbo (Wis.)
• To view the complete volleyball scoreboard, click here.
• The third regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll was announced Sept. 24. For the eighth-straight time, Concordia (Calif.) earned the No. 1 ranking as they grabbed 22-of-23 first-place votes. Twelve-of-23 conferences were represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference with five ranked teams. For the complete poll, click here.
• Taylor Degraaf of Cal State San Marcos earned the third national NAIA Player of the Week honor, announced on Tuesday. For the complete Player of the Week schedule, click here.

For the Record (Through games played Sept. 25)
• Through seven weeks of the season, six programs are still undefeated.
• No. 5 Midland (Neb.) holds the most wins in the NAIA with a school-record 21-0 mark. Looking at the three previous seasons, an NAIA program has hit at least 38 wins before losing for the first time on the year -- Concordia (Calif.) in 2012 (38-0), Spring Hill (Ala.) in 2011 (38-0) and former member Lee (Tenn.) in 2010 (39-0).
• Top-ranked Concordia won its 48th-straight with a straight-set victory over No. 10 Westmont (Calif.) on Tuesday. The Eagles are 10-0 on the season.
• Behind Midland, No. 7 Northwestern (Iowa) is second in victories with a 20-1 record. No. 4 Madonna (Mich.) has tallied 19 wins.
• Seventeen squads have compiled at least 15 victories thus far.
• Conversely, five programs are searching for their first win of the year -- at this point last week, there were seven teams winless.
• Three coaches have reached 300 career wins this season: Biola's (Calif.) Aaron Seltzer on Sept. 24 against No. 17 Vanguard (Calif.); Cara Currier of St. Francis (Ill.) on Sept. 20 against IU East and Mary Whitehead of Evangel (Mo.) on Sept. 6 against Ozarks (Mo.). There are now 22 active coaches with 300-or-more career victories.
• On Sept. 14 against Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), No. 6 Columbia (Mo.) had its 159-match win streak in the American Midwest Conference (AMC) halted. That streak now stands as the NAIA all-time record for a conference win streak. Prior to that setback, the Cougars last AMC loss came on Oct. 3, 2002 to Missouri Baptist. Also, Columbia has won or shared the last 20-straight AMC regular-season championships.
• On Sept. 13, IU East earned the program's 200th win with a four-set victory over Cincinnati Clermont (Ohio). The Red Wolves are now 200-53 in six-plus seasons in the NAIA.
• On Aug. 27, Wiley (Texas) swept NCAA Division I Grambling (La.), 3-0. The win was the Lady Wildcats 45th-consecutive match over fellow historically black college opponents dating back more than five years. The streak includes 15 consecutive victories over teams from the NCAA Division I Southwestern Athletic Conference.
• Cumberland (Tenn.) head coach Dwayne Deering celebrated his 500th career win on Aug. 28 against Tennessee Temple. He is the ninth active head coach to join the 500-win club.
• Midland was the first volleyball program to play a varsity match this year. The Warriors upended Great Falls (Mont.), 3-0, on the afternoon of Aug. 16.
• Then-No. 13 Midland and then-No. 25 Carroll (Mont.) played out the first Top 25 battle of the season with the Warriors taking a 3-2 match on Aug. 17.
• Heading into this year, Taylor (Ind.) tops all NAIA programs in 33 years of competition with 1,131 victories. Columbia (Mo.) is right behind in second place with 1,120 wins, but accomplished that mark in 12 fewer seasons.
• Overall, six programs have eclipsed the 1,000-win all-time threshold: Taylor, Columbia, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio), Georgetown (Ky.), Briar Cliff (Iowa) and Madonna.
• At 982 all-time wins, Bethel (Kan.) is the next team in line to reach the milestone. So far on the season, the Threshers are 8-10 (through Sept. 25). There are 12 more matches scheduled for the regular season.
• Madonna head coach Jerry Abraham tops all head coaches in career wins with a 1,005-263 (.793) record (heading into 2013). He has coached all 26 years at Madonna, since the inception of the program in 1987. Paul Swanson of Mount Vernon Nazarene is looming behind Abraham with 1,002 victories (heading into 2013).
• Todd Lowery of Texas at Brownsville is No. 1 on the active win percentage chart with a .918 clip (345-31 record). With a .880 mark (587-80 record), Columbia (Mo.) head coach Melinda Wrye-Washington stands second.

National Statistics (Through games played Sept. 25)
• Sarah Becker of Jamestown (N.D.) leads the NAIA with a .496 hitting percentage in 50 sets.
• In the kills category, Jessica Israel of Concordia (Calif.), Lindsay Smith of Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) and Taylor DeGraaf of Cal State San Marcos are tied at No. 1 with 4.5 kills per set. Four individuals have posted 29 kills in a single-match, which is the highwater mark.
• Ana Guerra of Texas at Brownsville leads all players with 1.7 blocks per set. Forty players have tallied an NAIA-high nine blocks in a single match.
• Three players have posted an NAIA-best 67 assists in a single-match. Ally Krus of Missouri Baptist has the highest assists average (11.5).
• Abbey Schlater of Berea (Ky.) and Amanda McKenzie of Carlow (Pa.) lead all players with 59 digs apiece in a single match. McKenzie has averaged 8.3 digs per set, which is tops in the NAIA.
• For a complete look at the NAIA national statistical leaders, click here.

Looking Ahead to the National Championship
• For the sixth-straight year, Sioux City, Iowa, will play host to the 34th annual NAIA National Championship. The final site event will take place Dec. 3 – 7 at the Tyson Events Center.
• The National Championship Opening Round will occur Nov. 23 with 12 matches going on at various campus sites. Those 12 winners will meet up with the top 12 seeds, who earned an Opening Round bye, for a 24-team national championship final site event in Sioux City.
• The 36-team National Championship Opening Round field will be announced Nov. 17.

List of NAIA Schools Participating in Volleyball – Click HERE
NAIA Volleyball Regular-Season Records – Click HERE

NAIA Volleyball Top 25 Winningest Coaches (Wins) – Click HERE
NAIA Volleyball Top 25 Winningest Coaches (Win Percentage) – Click HERE
NAIA Volleyball Top 25 Program Wins List – Click HERE

NAIA National Championship Information – Click HERE
NAIA Volleyball National Championship Records – Click HERE

Coaches’ Polls Superlatives
Active Top 25 Streak (Through 2013 No. 3 Poll)

Schools Streak
1. Concordia (Calif.) 89
2. Biola (Calif.) 88
3. Columbia (Mo.) 76
4. Texas at Brownsville 51
5. Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 41
6. Missouri Baptist 30
T7. Westmont (Calif.) 17
T7. Madonna (Mich.) 17
T9. Oklahoma Baptist 16
T9. The Master's (Calif.) 16

Total No. 1 Ratings (Through 2013 No. 3 Poll, since 2000 Season)
School No.
1. Fresno Pacific (Calif.)* 70  
2. National American (S.D.)* 33  
3. Columbia (Mo.) 20  
4. Texas at Brownsville 18  
5. Concordia (Calif.) 11
T6. Dickinson State (N.D.) 3
T6. Lee (Tenn.)* 3
8. California Baptist* 2

National Championship Superlatives
Most All-Time Championship Appearances
School No. Record Last Time
1. Fresno Pacific (Calif.)* 21 97-25 2011  
2. Columbia (Mo.) 19 79-38 2012  
3. Georgetown (Ky.) 15 30-39 2012
T4. California Baptist* 14 52-19 2010
T4. Montevallo (Ala.)* 14 35-30 1995
T4. Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)* 14 46-25 2011
7. Brigham Young – Hawaii* 13 82-10 1997
T8. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 12 26-26 2011
T8. Biola (Calif.) 12 46-22 2012
T8. Madonna (Mich.) 12 27-25 2012

Most Wins In Championship Appearances
School Record
1. Fresno Pacific (Calif.)* 97-25  
2. Brigham Young-Hawaii* 82-10  
3.Columbia (Mo.) 79-38  
4. Hawaii-Hilo* 61-12  
5. California Baptist* 52-19  
T6. Biola (Calif.) 46-22
T6. Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)* 46-25
8. Western Oregon* 39-19
9. National American (S.D.)* 37-11
T10. Concordia (Calif.) 35-9
T10. Montevallo (Ala.)* 35-30

Programs with Most Championship Titles
School No.
1. Brigham Young-Hawaii* 8  
2. Fresno Pacific (Calif.)* 6  
3. Hawaii-Hilo* 5  
4. Columbia (Mo.) 3  
T5. California Baptist* 2
T5. National American (S.D.)* 2
T7. Azusa Pacific (Calif.)* 1
T7. Concordia (Calif.) 1
T7. Dickinson State (N.D.) 1
T7. Puget Sound (Wash.)* 1
T7. St. Mary’s (Calif.)* 1
T7. Texas at Brownsville 1
*Institution is no longer an NAIA Member