By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Match of the Week
No. 11 Park (Mo.) (9-1, 1-0 AMC) at No. 5 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (9-0, 1-0 HAAC)
Friday, Sept. 13 | 3 p.m. CDT | Bell Family Arena | Olathe, Kan.
Hy-Vee Pioneer Invitational
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• Two teams in different conferences, but a mere 28-mile drive from each other, do battle Friday at the Hy-Vee Pioneer Invitational. Out of the American Midwest Conference (AMC), No. 11 Park (Mo.) faces No. 5 MidAmerica Nazarene, a member of the Heart of America Athletic Association (HAAC), in Olathe, Kan.
• The two programs have met at least once each season since 2008, with MidAmerica Nazarene holding a 5-2 record during that stretch. The last three meetings have been 3-2 affairs with the Pioneers winning the most recent match, 3-2, on Sept. 21, 2012.
• In addition to Park and MidAmerica Nazarene, the tournament welcomes current ranked teams such as No. 8 Midland (Neb.) and No. 12 Northwestern (Iowa).
• The Pioneers are 2-0 this year against the Top 25 (No. 5 Oklahoma Baptist; No. 15 Viterbo (Wis.)). Park is 0-1 on the season against Top 25 opponents (No. 3 Texas at Brownsville).
• Friday's match marks the first true home contest for MidAmerica Nazarene and first road match for Park.
• MidAmerica Nazarene shut out Central Methodist (Mo.) Tuesday in the HAAC opener for both schools. That shutout was the Pioneers fifth in the last six matches.
• The Pioneers are one of 12 teams in the NAIA that are still undefeated (at least two matches played).
• As a team, MidAmerica Nazarene hits at a .282 clip, which is fifth-best in the NAIA. Three regulars hold a .300-or-better attack percentage, led by Taryn Salum (.330). Zoraida Heredia is the team leader in kills per set (3.32).
• Last year, the Pioneers posted a record of 29-5, winning the HAAC regular season and tournament championships before advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NAIA Volleyball National Championships.
• Park improved to 9-1 on the year with a 3-0 victory Tuesday over Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.). The No. 11 ranking is the highest in school history. The Pirates lone loss came against then-No. 3 Texas at Brownsville Aug. 31.
• Toi Collins leads the Park front-line and ranks 12th in the NAIA in blocks per set (1.3). Wanessa Siqueira tops the club in kills per set (3.79) and attack percentage (.356).
• The Pirates finished the 2012 campaign with a 27-11 record, which tied for the most wins in a single season in the last 16 years. Their season ended in the AMC tournament title match.
Some information courtesy of MidAmerica Nazarene and Park Sports Information Departments
This Week Around NAIA Volleyball
• The current top-10 ranked teams are currently 8-0 in this week's action. Six of those wins came via the shutout. Seven teams in the top 10 look to stay undefeated heading into this weekend's action: No. 1 Concordia (Calif.), No. 2 Texas at Brownsville, No. 4 Biola (Calif.), No. 5 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), No. 6 Madonna (Mich.), No. 8 Midland (Neb.) and No. 9 Westmont (Calif.). Either MidAmerica Nazarene or Midland will get hit with their first loss as they face each other Saturday.
• Six conferences will be starting their league action this weekend. Among the 17 other conferences and independents, the Appalachian Athletic Conference, the Crossroads League and the Mid-South Conference have all played the most conference matches with four.
• Standing at 46-straight wins after a sweep of Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday, defending national champion Concordia (Calif.) owns the fourth-longest streak in NAIA history. Their next chance to extend is Sept. 21 at San Diego Christian. Columbia (Mo.) tops the list with 102-straight wins that spanned 1998 through 2000 seasons. The last loss for the Eagles came Dec. 3, 2011 in the NAIA National Championship final against Texas at Brownsville.
• No. 9 Midland (Neb.) has posted a school-best 15-0 start to its season. Included in that streak are 13 sweeps where the Warriors have not lost a set. Midland next competes in the Hy-Vee Pioneer Invitational, hosted by No. 5 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), this weekend. The Warriors face the host school on Saturday.
• Biola's (Calif.) Aaron Seltzer has a shot to become the 20th active coach with 300 wins. With a 7-0 start to the year (as of Sept. 11), Seltzer stands 296-104 (.740). His next chance to move up the ladder is at the Vanguard (Calif.) Tournament on Friday where the Eagles play La Sierra (Calif.) and Cal State San Marcos.
• Overall, two Top 25 match-ups are scheduled this upcoming weekend:
o Friday: No. 11 Park (Mo.) at No. 5 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
o Saturday: No. 8 Midland (Neb.) at No. 5 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
• Overall, this week includes 11 contests that match Top 25 teams against squads who received votes in the first regular-season coaches poll:
o Tuesday: No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) def. (RV) Cal State San Marcos 3-0
o Friday: (RV) Cal State San Marcos vs. No. 4 Biola (Calif.)
o Friday: (RV) Grand View (Iowa) at No. 5 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
o Friday: No. 8 Midland (Neb.) vs. (RV) Baker (Kan.)
o Friday: No. 8 Midland (Neb.) vs. (RV) Evangel (Mo.)
o Friday: No. 12 Northwestern (Iowa) vs. (RV) Evangel (Mo.)
o Friday: (RV) Bethel (Ind.) at No. 20 Indiana Wesleyan
o Friday: (RV) Tabor (Kan.) at No. 24 Wayland Baptist (Texas)
o Saturday: (RV) Evangel (Mo.) vs. No. 11 Park (Mo.)
o Saturday: No. 12 Northwestern (Iowa) vs. (RV) Baker (Kan.)
o Saturday: (RV) Cal State San Marcos at No. 19 Vanguard (Calif.)
• To view the complete volleyball scoreboard, click here.
• The first regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll was announced Sept. 10. Concordia (Calif.) earned 22-of-23 first-place votes, to grab the No. 1 position for the sixth-straight week dating back to 2012. For the complete poll, click here.
• Kaitlin Floerchinger of Northwestern (Iowa) earned the first 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. 11)
• No. 8 Midland (Neb.) holds the most wins in the NAIA with a perfect and school-record 15-0 mark. No. 6 Madonna (Mich.) is second in victories with a 13-0 record.
• Of teams that have played at least two matches, 12 clubs are undefeated. Last week at this time, 22 clubs were undefeated.
• Four of those undefeated teams are at least 10-0 on the young season.
• Sixteen programs are searching for their first win of the year -- at this point last week, there were 25 teams winless.
• 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.
• On Sept. 6, Evangel (Mo.) head coach Mary Whitehead hit career win No. 300 with a victory over Ozarks (Mo.). In her 14th season, she became the 19th active coach to reach the 300-win milestone.
• 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 (Mich.).
• 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 (Ohio) 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.
• No. 2 Columbia (Mo.) holds the American Midwest Conference (AMC) record with 157-straight league wins (through games played Sept. 11). 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.
National Statistics (Through games played Sept. 11)
• Trinity Ojo of Columbia (Mo.) leads the NAIA with a .546 hitting percentage in 22 sets.
• In the kills category, Jessica Israel of Concordia (Calif.) is No. 1 with 4.8 kills per set. Four individuals have posted 29 kills in a single-match, which is the highwater mark.
• Zakiyyah King of Voorhees (S.C.) leads all players with 2.3 blocks per set. Twenty-eight players have tallied an NAIA-high nine blocks in a single match.
• Two players have posted an NAIA-best 67 assists in a single-match. Beth Walker of Bellevue (Neb.) has the highest assists average (11.5).
• Abbey Schlater of Berea (Ky.) leads all players with 59 digs in a single match -- done against IU Kokomo on Aug. 24. Amanda McKenzie of Carlow (Pa.) has averaged 9.3 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.
|1. Concordia (Calif.)||87|
|2. Biola (Calif.)||86|
|3. Columbia (Mo.)||74|
|4. Texas at Brownsville||49|
|5. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)||39|
|6. Missouri Baptist||28|
|7. Indiana Wesleyan||23|
|T8. Westmont (Calif.)||15|
|T8. Madonna (Mich.)||15|
|T10. The Master's (Calif.)||14|
|T10. Oklahoma Baptist||14|
Total No. 1 Ratings (Through 2013 No. 1 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.)||9|
|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|