By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Match of the Week
No. 11 Eastern Oregon (17-2, 7-0 CCC) at No. 19 Concordia (Ore.) (14-2, 7-0 CCC)
Saturday, Oct. 5 | 7 p.m. PDT | Cavalier Court (1,000) | Portland, Ore.
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• The teams on top of the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) standings, No. 11 Eastern Oregon and No. 19 Concordia (Ore.), meet up on Saturday in Portland, Ore. Both squads are 7-0 in the league and the winner will control its own destiny for the 2013 regular-season title. Currently, College of Idaho is 5-2 in circuit action, 2.0 games back.
• Both teams are riding significant win streaks, with Concordia at 12-straight and Eastern Oregon with an 11-gamer.
• Both teams have contests on Friday, with Concordia hosting College of Idaho and Eastern Oregon at Warner Pacific (Ore.).
• Concordia is returning home for the first time since Sept. 14 after four-straight matches away from Portland. Overall, the Cavaliers are 6-0 at home this year and have won seven in-a-row on their home court, dating back to last year.
• Eastern Oregon is 4-0 in true road matches, dropping just one set overall.
• The Mountaineers have won four-straight in the series with Concordia. The last Concordia win came Nov. 6, 2010 (3-1). The last meeting on Oct. 27, 2012 saw Eastern Oregon battle back twice, from a 1-0 and 2-1 hole, to escape with a 3-2 triumph (18-25, 25-21, 14-25, 25-18, 25-23).
• When Concordia broke into the Top 25 on Sept. 10, that marked the first time in more than a decade the club had held a ranking. The Cavs earned a No. 17 ranking in the 2003 preseason poll, but fell out of the first regular-season edition and never returned.
• With the No. 11 ranking this week, an improvement of three spots from the previous poll, Eastern Oregon boasts its highest position in school history. The Mountaineers have been in the Top 25 in all five polls this season, beginning at No. 21 in the Preseason Top 25.
• For Eastern Oregon, Casey Loper and Stefani Sorensen rank first and second in the CCC for kills. Loper leads the conference with 229 kills on the season, while Sorensen follows with 225. Loper also ranks second in the CCC in hitting percentage (.369) and Sorensen is fourth (.328).
• As a team, the Mountaineers are tops in the league in hitting percentage (.249), assists per set (12.67) and kills per set (13.57).
• For Concordia, three-time All-CCC selection Lindsay Mangan holds a large league lead in assists at 10.80 assists per set, which also is good for 10th nationally. Mariah Raudsepp, who averages 1.02 blocks per set, is the career leader in block assists at Concordia. With five block assists against Warner Pacific (Ore.) on Sept. 27, she set that all-time mark.
• As a team, Concordia ranks second in the CCC with a .238 hitting percentage and 13.23 kills per set while holding its opponents to a .147 attack rate, an average good for third place in the CCC. The Cavs are the league leaders up front with 2.22 blocks per set and rank first overall in digs at 17.80 digs per set.
Some information courtesy of Eastern Oregon and Concordia Information Departments
This Week Around NAIA Volleyball
• The Top 25 teams have gone 26-3 this week through Thursday action. The only losses were by No. 20 Vanguard (Calif.), No. 10 Westmont (Calif.) and No. 25 Cal State San Marcos, which occurred against another Top 25 foe.
• With a 13-0 record on the year, No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) is riding a 51-match win streak. That mark is good for 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. Next up, Concordia takes on Hope International (Calif.) on Saturday and No. 16 The Master's (Calif.) on Oct. 8.
• No. 2 Texas at Brownsville stayed undefeated at 13-0 with a 3-0 sweep of Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) on Tuesday. The Ocelots, who have swept their last eight opponents in straight-sets, are scheduled to host Jarvis Christian (Texas), Texas College and Wiley (Texas) this weekend.
• Overall, there are 12 Top 25 match-ups scheduled this week:
o Tuesday: (1) Concordia (Calif.) def. (20) Vanguard (Calif.), 3-1
o Tuesday: (16) The Master's (Calif.) def. (10) Westmont (Calif.), 3-2
o Thursday: (1) Concordia (Calif.) def. (25) Cal State San Marcos, 3-0
o Friday: (12) Oklahoma Baptist at (13) Bellevue (Neb.)
o Friday: (23) Grand View (Iowa) vs. (24) Hastings (Neb.)
o Saturday: (3) Biola (Calif.) at (10) Westmont (Calif.)
o Saturday: (18) Georgetown (Ky.) vs. (4) Madonna (Mich.)
o Saturday: (7) Midland (Neb.) at (6) Northwestern (Iowa)
o Saturday: (11) Eastern Oregon at (19) Concordia (Ore.)
o Saturday: (12) Oklahoma Baptist vs. (23) Grand View (Iowa)
o Saturday: (12) Oklahoma Baptist vs. (24) Hastings (Neb.)
o Saturday: (23) Grand View (Iowa) at (13) Bellevue (Neb.)
• Overall, this week includes one contest that matches Top 25 teams against squads who received votes in the fourth regular-season coaches poll:
o Tuesday: (8) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) def. (RV) Campbellsville (Ky.), 3-0
• To view the complete volleyball scoreboard, click here.
• The fourth regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll was announced Oct. 1. For the ninth-straight time, Concordia (Calif.) earned the No. 1 ranking as they grabbed 22-of-23 first-place votes. Thirteen-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.
• Kristin Pressley of Oklahoma Baptist earned the fourth 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 Oct. 3)
• Through eight weeks of the season, five programs are still undefeated: No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) (13-0), No. 2 Texas at Brownsville (13-0), No. 3 Biola (Calif.) (12-0); No. 4 Madonna (Mich.) (21-0) and No. 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (20-0).
• Last week against Dordt (Iowa), No. 7 Midland (Neb.) tripped up for the first time on the season after a 22-0 start.
• 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 51st-straight with a straight-set victory over No. 25 Cal State San Marcos on Thursday. The Eagles are 13-0 on the season.
• Midland owns the most wins in the NAIA with a 23-1 record. Close behind is 22-1 No. 6 Northwestern (Iowa).
• Seven squads have compiled at least 20 victories thus far.
• Conversely, three programs are searching for their first win of the year -- at this point last week, there were five 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 983 all-time wins, Bethel (Kan.) is the next team in line to reach the milestone. So far on the season, the Threshers are 9-11 (through Oct. 2). There are 10 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 Oct. 3)
• Sarah Becker of Jamestown (N.D.) leads the NAIA with a .496 hitting percentage in 66 sets.
• In the kills category, Alicia Olson of Viterbo (Wis.) stands No. 1 with 4.5 kills per set.
• Victoria Love of Evergreen (Wash.) posted 37 kills against Corban (Ore.), which is the highwater single-match mark. That total is the most for any NAIA player since Nov. 3, 2012 when Brittney Thomas of Mount Mercy (Iowa) compiled 39 against St. Ambrose (Iowa).
• Ana Guerra of Texas at Brownsville leads all players with 1.7 blocks per set. Forty-seven 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 (11.3).
• 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 8.0 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.
|1. Concordia (Calif.)||90|
|2. Biola (Calif.)||89|
|3. Columbia (Mo.)||77|
|4. Texas at Brownsville||52|
|5. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)||42|
|6. Missouri Baptist||31|
|T7. Westmont (Calif.)||18|
|T7. Madonna (Mich.)||18|
|T9. Oklahoma Baptist||17|
|T9. The Master's (Calif.)||17|
Total No. 1 Ratings (Through 2013 No. 4 Poll, since 2000 Season)
|1. Fresno Pacific (Calif.)*||70|
|2. National American (S.D.)*||33|
|3. Columbia (Mo.)||20|
|4. Texas at Brownsville||18|
|5. Concordia (Calif.)||12|
|T6. Dickinson State (N.D.)||3|
|T6. Lee (Tenn.)*||3|
|8. California Baptist*||2|
National Championship Superlatives
Most All-Time Championship Appearances
|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
|1. Fresno Pacific (Calif.)*||97-25|
|2. Brigham Young-Hawaii*||82-10|
|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
|1. Brigham Young-Hawaii*||8|
|2. Fresno Pacific (Calif.)*||6|
|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|