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NAIA Volleyball Weekly Report No. 7

October 04, 2012
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

NAIA Match of the Week
No. 2 Concordia (Calif.) (18-0, 5-0 GSAC) at No. 4 Biola (Calif.) (19-1, 6-0 GSAC)
Saturday, Oct. 6, La Mirada, Calif., 7 p.m. PT, Chase Gymnasium

• The last meeting between Concordia (Calif.) and Biola (Calif.) came back on Oct. 22, 2011 when Concordia came away with a 3-2 (25-16, 25-14, 20-25, 26-28, 15-13) victory.
• The last GSAC loss for Concordia came on Nov. 13, 2010 against former-NAIA member Azusa Pacific (Calif.). The Cougars swept the Eagles, 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 26-24).
• Concordia comes into this matchup on an 18-game winning streak. During the streak the Eagles have dropped a total of four sets. The last set it dropped came against Westmont (Calif.) on Sept. 18.
• Brooke Marino leads Concordia in kills (215) and aces (29). She also ranks 32nd nationally in kills per set (3.710).
• On Sept. 29, Marino broke the Eagles' school record in kills with 1,411. The previous record was held by two-time All-American Amber Riden (1406).
• Concordia ranks second as a team averaging 13.97 assists per set. Jenee Henderson leads the team with 372 assists, while Liz Younglove has 293 assists.
• As a team Concordia ranks second in kills per set (14.72) and third in hitting percentage (.326).
• Just like Concordia, Biola comes into this matchup after winning 18-straight. During its winning-streak, Biola has only dropped two sets with its last dropped set coming on Sept. 1 against Lee (Tenn.).
• The Eagles have won nine straight without losing a set.
• Biola's loss this season came back on Aug. 17 when they fell 3-2 (25-19, 20-25, 25-19, 24-26, 11-15) to Southern Oregon.
• Christine Douglas leads the Eagles in kills with 231. She ranks 14th in the NAIA averaging 3.98 kills per set.
• Amy Weststeyn leads the nation with a .456 hitting percentage.
• Gracee Gallarda ranks ninth nationally with 10.860 assists per set. She has 608 assists to lead Biola.
• As a team Biola ranks third in hitting percentage (.326), fourth in assists per set (13.390) and kills per set (14.280).
• For live stats provided by Biola, click here

This Week Around the Top 25
• This week of Oct. 1 - 7 features three Top 25 matchups in addition to the NAIA Volleyball Match of the week, including:
   o Wednesday - No. 6 Hastings (Neb.) def. No. 21 Midland (Neb.) 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 21-25, 15-10)
   o Thursday - No. 8 The Master's (Calif.) at No. 2 Concordia (Calif.)
   o Saturday - No. 17 Madonna (Mich.) vs. No. 18 Indiana East
• Last back at last week Top 25 Upsets:
   o Sept. 28 - Montana State - Northern def. then-No. 24 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 25-20, 14-25, 15-13).
• In last week's NAIA Match of the Week, then-No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan def. No. 22 Cornerstone (Mich.), 3-2 (11-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-12, 15-11).
• This week started off with two ranked teams losing. On Tuesday, Vanguard (Calif.) defeated No. 10 Westmont (Calif.), 3-1 (25-20, 27-25, 23-25, 25-21) and Nebraska Wesleyan defeated No. 14 Doane (Neb), 3-1 (29-27, 25-20, 22-25, 26-24).
• For the Tachikara-NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll- No. 5, Click Here

For the Record (As of Oct. 3)
• Northwestern Ohio leads the NAIA in wins with 23. Indiana East and Indiana Wesleyan are two games back with 21 wins.
• Only three teams in the NAIA are undefeated. All three teams are ranked in the Top 25: No. 1 Texas at Brownsville, No. 2 Concordia (Calif.) and No. 20 Missouri Baptist.
• On Sept. 29 Texas at Brownsville's Danica Markovic recorded 15 aces against Texas College. This is the fifth most all-time in a NAIA regular season match.
• Tuesday night was a unique day in the Votaw family, as father Brian coached against daughter Kendra. Brian is the head coach for Bluefield, while Kendra plays for Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio). Kendra came out on top as Mount Vernon Nazarene defeated Bluefield, 3-0 (25-10, 25-22, 25-20).
• Indiana Wesleyans Kristine Egebrecht was selected as the NAIA National Player of the Week, which was announced on Oct. 2. To view the release, click here.
• Texas at Brownsville currently holds the longest winning streak at 25-games dating back to Nov. 1, 2011.Northwestern Ohio is the next closest with 20-straight,.
• Concordia's streak of 78-straight rankings is the longest active streak in the Top 25. Behind Concordia is Biola which has been ranked in 77-straight polls.

National Statistics (As of Oct. 3)
• Amy Weststeyn of Biola (Calif.) leads the NAIA with a .456 hitting percentage in 58 sets played.
• Dakota State's (S.D.) Kristen DiPaola leads the nation with 5.2 kills per set. DiPaola has 424 kills on the season. Brittney Thomas of Mount Mercy (Iowa) has the most kills in a match with 33 against Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) on Sept. 22.
• Columbia's (Mo.) Paula Ferreira leads the NAIA with 12.3 assists per set. Kat Partridge of Park (Mo.) leads the nation in assists with 995 in 97 sets.
• Kimmy Kavran of Montana Tech leads the nation with 7.3 digs per set. Kavran also ranks first in total digs on with 529.
• Friend's (Kan.) Crystal Taporco leads the NAIA in blocks per set with an average of 2.2.
• Julie Els of Doane (Neb.) is the national leader in aces with 52.
• For a complete look at the NAIA statistical leaders, click here.

List of NAIA Schools Participating in Volleyball - Click HERE

NAIA Volleyball Winningest Coaches - Click HERE

NAIA Volleyball Regular-Season Records - Click HERE

Looking Ahead to the National Championship
The 33rd annual national championship will take place in Sioux City, Iowa, for the fifth-straight year. The 2012 Championship will be contested at the Tyson Events Center from Nov. 27- Dec. 1.

National Championship Opening Round Information - Click HERE
National Championship Final Site Information - Click HERE
NAIA Volleyball National Championship Records - Click HERE

Coaches' Polls Superlatives
Active Top 25 Streak
(As of week five poll)

Schools Streak
1. Concordia (Calif.) 78
2. Biola (Calif.) 77
3. Columbia (Mo.) 65
4. Taylor (Ind.) 48
5. Texas at Brownsville 40
6. Lee (Tenn.) 35
7. Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 30
8. Missouri Baptist 18
9. Indiana Wesleyan 14
10. Grand View (Iowa) 12

Total No. 1 Ratings (As of week five 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 15
T5. Concordia (Calif.) 3
T5. Dickinson State (N.D.) 3
T5. 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.) 18 74-37 2011
T3. California Baptist* 14 52-19 2010
T3. Georgetown (Ky.) 14 27-37 2009
T3. Montevallo (Ala.)* 14 35-30 1995
T3. Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)* 14 46-25 2011
7. Brigham Young – Hawaii* 13 82-10 1997
8. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 12 26-36 2011
T9. Biola (Calif.) 11 42-21 2011
T9. Hawaii – Hilo* 11 61-12 1993
T9. Madonna (Mich.) 11 25-23 2008
T9. Western Oregon* 11 39-19 1999

Most Wins In Championship Appearances
School Record
1. Fresno Pacific (Calif.)* 97-25
2. Brigham Young – Hawaii* 82-10
3. Columbia (Mo.) 74-37
4. Hawaii – Hilo* 61-12
5. California Baptist* 52-19
6. Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)* 46-25
7. Biola (Calif.) 42-21
8. Western Oregon* 39-19
9. National American (S.D.)* 37-11
10. 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. 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