NAIA Match of the Week
No. 3 Biola (Calif.) (16-2, 6-1 GSAC) at No. 11 The Master’s (Calif.) (16-4, 5-2 GSAC)
Saturday, Oct. 26 | 7 p.m. PDT | Bross Court | Santa Clarita, Calif.
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• No. 3 Biola (Calif.) and No. 11 The Master’s (Calif.), both Top 15 teams, will meet in a Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) showdown on Bross Court on Oct. 26.
• The NAIA Volleyball Match of the Week is selected by the fans via the official NAIA Facebook page – Play NAIA. Match of the Week voting begins Wednesday mornings with the winner being announced Thursday at Noon CDT. Click HERE to visit the Play NAIA Facebook page.
• Both teams have been victorious in their games entering the Match of the Week. Biola won its last match vs. No. 22 Columbia (Mo.) on Oct. 19 and The Master’s has won its past two matches.
• When the teams last met, Biola defended its home floor, winning 3-1 (25-19, 25-15, 19-25, 25-10) on Sept. 21. Three Biola players recorded double-digit kills in the match: Alyssa Mason (14), Amy Weststeyn (10) and Joclyn Kirton (10). Setter Gracee Gallarda tallied 44 assists for the Eagles, one of five 40-assist matches on the season for the senior.
• By winning the third set, The Master’s broke a streak of six-straight sweeps by Biola. The Mustangs have not beaten Biola in the past five regular seasons and have taken only two sets from the Eagles during that stretch.
• Both teams are within striking distance of the GSAC Championship, a title than has been won by Concordia (Calif.) in each of the past two seasons. The Eagles are 17-1 and a perfect 7-0 in conference this year, but will have to face The Master’s (Nov. 12) and Biola (Nov. 16) in their final two regular-season matches.
• Biola sits at second in the GSAC (6-1) with The Master’s right behind (5-2).
• On the year, Biola is 8-2 in non-home matches, including a 2-1 mark in true away contests. Both of the Eagles losses came over the past two weeks against the top two teams in the NAIA: No. 2 Concordia (Oct. 12) and No. 1 Texas at Brownsville (Oct. 18).
• At home, The Master’s is 4-1 on the year, with the lone loss coming against Concordia on Oct. 8.
• Biola began the season at No. 4 in the Preseason Top 25 and has been ranked No. 3 since Poll 2 of the regular season.
• The Master’s was No. 9 in the Preseason Poll and had been ranked as low as No. 22 before climbing back to No. 11 in this week’s poll.
• Biola ranks among the Top 25 teams nationally in assists per game (6th, 12.75), kills per game (9th, 13.64), block per game (12th, 2.38), and hitting percentage (14th, .256). The Master’s is 14th in the NAIA in service aces per game (2.05).
• Biola is led by junior middle hitter Weststeyn, who ranks among the NAIA leaders in hitting percentage (3rd, .421), blocks per game (29th, 1.05) and service aces per game (48th, .47). Weststeyn is one of three Eagles with over 150 kills on the season (174) and is joined on the list by Mason (173) and Kirton (180). Biola setter Gallarda ranks 8th in the nation in assists per game (10.9).
• The Master’s is led by senior outside hitter Sam Dougherty who has a team-high 306 kills on the season. No other Mustang has even half as many kills. Dougherty ranks among the Top 25 in the NAIA in kills per game (6th, 4.25) and service aces per game (23rd, .53).
• Biola has produced two GSAC Players of the Week: setter Gallarda (Sept. 23) and libero Tara Rallis (Oct. 21). Outside hitter Dougherty earned the conference honor for The Master’s (Sept. 30).
Some information courtesy of Biola and The Master’s Sports Information Departments
This Week Around NAIA Volleyball
• The Top 25 teams have gone 12-3 this week through Thursday action, with two of the three losses coming against Top 25 opponents. On Tuesday, No. 6 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) fell 3-2 to No. 14 Park (Mo.) and No. 24 Cal State San Marcos lost 3-0 to No. 16 Westmont (Calif.). The third loss came when No. 19 Grand View (Iowa) fell 3-0 to unranked Graceland (Iowa) on Thursday.
• With the most wins in the NAIA and still undefeated, 33-0 Madonna (Mich.) has two more regular-season matches scheduled. The Crusaders are trying to rattle off their first undefeated season since 2005 when they went 40-0—ending 48-2 with an appearance in the national semifinals. Madonna is leading the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) with a 9-0 mark in conference play, one game ahead of Davenport (Mich.) and Cornerstone (Mich.) (8-1). The Crusaders have already defeated both clubs in their only meeting of the regular season.
• Overall, there are eleven Top 25 match-ups scheduled this week:
o Tuesday: (14) Park (Mo.) def. (6) MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), 3-2
o Tuesday: (16) Westmont (Calif.) def. (24) Cal State San Marcos, 3-0
o Friday: (1) Texas at Brownsville vs. (10) Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
o Friday: (17) Wayland Baptist (Texas) @ (8) Oklahoma Baptist
o Friday: (9) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) vs. (23) Davenport (Mich.)
o Friday: (10) Embry-Riddle (Fla.) vs. (13) Bellevue (Neb.)
o Friday: (20) Concordia (Ore.) @ (12) Eastern Oregon
o Friday: (14) Park (Mo.) @ (22) Columbia (Mo.)
o Saturday: (1) Texas at Brownsville vs. (9) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
o Saturday: (3) Biola (Calif.) @ (11) The Master’s (Calif.)
o Saturday: (23) Davenport (Mich.) vs. (13) Bellevue (Neb.)
• Overall, this week includes five contests that match Top 25 teams against squads who received votes in the seventh regular-season coaches poll:
o Friday: (1) Texas at Brownsville @ (RV) Georgetown (Ky.)
o Saturday: (10) Embry-Riddle (Fla.) @ (RV) Georgetown (Ky.)
o Saturday: (13) Bellevue (Neb.) @ (RV) Georgetown (Ky.)
o Saturday: (20) Concordia (Ore.) @ (RV) College of Idaho
o Saturday: (23) Davenport (Mich.) vs. (RV) Viterbo (Wis.)
• To view the complete volleyball scoreboard, click here.
• The seventh regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll was announced Oct. 22 and, for the first time this season, there is a new No. 1 team. Texas at Brownsville, who swept former-No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) on Oct. 19, earned the No. 1 position. Fourteen-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.
• Nicole Gingery of Ottawa (Kan.) won the seventh edition of NAIA Player of the Week honors, announced on Tuesday. She hit at a .548 clip and averaged 4.5 kills per set to help Ottawa go 3-0 last week, sweeping all three of its matches. For the complete Player of the Week schedule, click here.
For the Record (Through games played Oct. 24)
• Through 11 weeks of the season, two programs are undefeated: No. 1 Texas at Brownsville (21-0) and No. 4 Madonna (Mich.) (33-0).
• On Oct. 19, then-No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) fell in straight sets to then-No. 2 Texas at Brownsville. That loss was Concordia's first on the year after a 17-0 start.
• The 33-0 start for Madonna is the longest active streak to start the year of any current four-year collegiate volleyball program (NAIA, NCAA)
• 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).
• The loss on Oct. 19 for Concordia snapped a 55-match win streak, which dated back to the start of the 2012 season. That streak now stands as the third longest in the NAIA record book behind the 76-game win streak done by former member St. John Fisher (N.Y.) from 1979 - 80.
• Madonna has the most wins in the NAIA (33). Two teams, Trinity Christian (Ill.) and Asbury (Ky.) are second currently in the NAIA in wins with 28. Overall, 13 teams have hit 25-or-more wins.
• Conversely, one program is searching for its first win of the year.
• Four coaches have reached 300 career wins this season: Kansas Wesleyan’s Fred Aubuchon on Oct. 16 vs. Sterling (Kan.), Biola's 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 23 active coaches with 300-or-more career victories.
• On Sept. 14 against Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), 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).
• On Aug. 27, Wiley (Texas) swept NCAA Division I Grambling (La.), 3-0. The win was the Lady Wildcats 45th-consecutive victory 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 9-17 (through Oct. 25). There are four 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. 24)
• Sarah Becker of Jamestown (N.D.) leads the NAIA with a .485 hitting percentage in 100 sets. If the season ended today, the attack clip would be just off the top-five list in NAIA single-season history -- .501 is the fifth-highest season percentage.
• In the kills category, Denise De Vine of Reinhardt (Ga.) stands No. 1 with 4.7 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).
• Morgan Kensinger of Evangel (Mo.) leads all players with an average of 1.5 blocks per set. Seventy-one players have tallied an NAIA-high nine blocks in a single match.
• Heather Fields of Union (Ky.) compiled an NAIA-best 71 assists against Cumberlands (Ky.) on Oct. 10. Eva Prieditis of Madonna (Mich.) 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 7.0 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.
• On Oct. 24, two title sponsors were named: CNOS Foundation and J&L Enterprises Staffing and Recruiting.
• Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance starting Oct 28. To purchase tickets, visit the Tyson Events Center Box Office or purchase at www.ticketmaster.com. Single session tickets are $10 - Adults; $5 - Children ages 6-18 and college students with ID. All-Session passes are $35 – Adults; $25 - Children, college students and teachers with ID.