By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Match of the Week
(RV) Davenport (Mich.) (10-5, 2-0 WHAC) vs. No. 17 Viterbo (Wis.) (15-3, 1-0 MCC)
Saturday, Sept. 21 | 10 a.m. CDT | McHie Arena | Bourbonnais, Ill.
Holiday Inn Express Classic, hosted by Olivet Nazarene University
· At the Holiday Inn Express Classic hosted by Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), No. 17 Viterbo (Wis.) and (RV) Davenport (Mich.) meet Saturday in the Match of the Week.
· These two teams are facing each other for just the second time in program history. Viterbo was a 3-0 winner back on Nov. 17, 2012 in the 2012 NAIA National Championship Opening Round in La Crosse, Wis. They are scheduled to meet up again Oct. 26 at the Bone Yard Brawl, hosted by Georgetown (Ky.).
· Viterbo fell, 3-0, for just the third time on the season to then-No. 17 Bellevue (Neb.) on Sept. 14. The V-Hawks enter the Holiday Inn Express Classic 15-3, with matches against Campbellsville (Ky.) and Cornerstone (Mich.) on Friday. Prior to the loss to Bellevue, they won 10 matches in-a-row.
· Viterbo is just one of eight programs to reach the 15-win mark thus far. All three losses for the V-Hawks have come against top 15 teams, Bellevue, Midland (Neb.) and MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.).
· The Panthers are coming off a 3-0 sweep of Siena Heights (Mich.) on Wednesday to move to 10-5 on the year. They are 2-0 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and have won four-straight overall and seven of their last nine matches. Davenport is scheduled to face St. Ambrose (Iowa) and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Friday in the tournament.
· Against the Top 25 this year, Davenport is 3-2. Those five contests occurred during a tough stretch to open the year in the season's first six matches.
· Viterbo has now been ranked in each of the past 14 Top 25 polls, dating back to last year. The V-Hawks highest spot was No. 8, which coincided with their Quarterfinal appearance at the 2012 NAIA National Championship tournament.
· Conversely, Davenport is trying to crack the Top 25 for the first time, dating back to 2000. This week, the Panthers are the first team outside the ranked clubs with 93 points, trailing No. 25 Hastings (Neb.) by 23 points.
· In neutral matches this season, Viterbo stands 7-3 while Davenport is 6-3.
· Viterbo is led offensively by 2012 Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) Player of the Year Alicia Olson. She is seventh in the NAIA in kills per set (4.3) and third in total kills (245). Jennifer Krentz took over at libero two weeks ago and has been named MCC Libero of the Week two-straight times.
· The V-Hawks defense is a strong point as it has limited opponents to a .164 hitting percentage.
· For Davenport, Hannah Stone tops the club in kills per set (2.50) and hitting percentage (.351). She has eclipsed 10-or-more kills in seven of 13 matches played. Amber Getty ranks 39th in the NAIA with her 9.25 assists per set. She went for a season-best 54 in the 3-2 win over Indiana Wesleyan on Aug. 30.
· In the last four matches, all straight-set wins, Davenport has held all four opponents under a .100 attack percentage.
· Last year, Viterbo made an impressive run in the NAIA National Championship tournament in its first trip. The V-Hawks capped a 36-8 season in the quarterfinals, losing to the eventual national runners-up Columbia (Mo.).
· Davenport finished with a school-record 32-7 mark in 2012. The Panthers advanced to the program's first-ever NAIA National Championship tournament, losing in the Opening Round.
Some information courtesy of Davenport and Viterbo Sports Information Departments
This Week Around NAIA Volleyball
· After an 11-day lay-off, No. 1-ranked Concordia (Calif.) will try to extend its 46-match win streak, which is fourth-longest in NAIA annals. The Eagles take on San Diego Christian on Saturday to open up Golden State Athletic Conference action and then host No. 9 Westmont (Calif.) on Sept. 24. 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.
· On Tuesday, No. 13 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) defeated No. 8 Georgetown (Ky.), 3-1 (17-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-11) and move the Blue Raiders to a school-record 14-0. Nadelina Nesheva led the effort with a match-high 15 kills.
· The Top 25 teams have gone 12-4 this week through Thursday action. The losses were recorded by No. 8 Georgetown (Ky.), No. 9 Westmont, No. 10 Oklahoma Baptist and No. 24 Rocky Mountain (Mont.).
· 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.
· Biola's (Calif.) Aaron Seltzer has a shot to become the 20th active coach with 300 wins. With a 9-0 start to the year (as of Sept. 19), Seltzer stands 298-104 (.741). His next chance to move up the ladder is against No. 22 The Master's (Calif.) on Saturday.
· Overall, there is one Top 25 match-up scheduled this upcoming weekend:
o Saturday: No. 22 The Master's (Calif.) at No. 3 Biola (Calif.)
· Overall, this week includes two contests that match Top 25 teams against squads who received votes in the second regular-season coaches poll:
o Saturday: (RV) Grand View (Iowa) vs. No. 8 Georgetown (Ky.)
o Saturday: (RV) Davenport (Mich.) vs. No. 17 Viterbo (Wis.)
· To view the complete volleyball scoreboard, click here.
· The second regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll was announced Sept. 17. Concordia (Calif.) earned 22-of-23 first-place votes, to grab the No. 1 position for the seventh-straight week dating back to 2012. 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.
· Daymari Brito of Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) earned the second 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. 19)
· On Sept. 14 against Freed-Hardeman, 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.
· No. 5 Midland (Neb.) holds the most wins in the NAIA with a perfect and school-record 19-0 mark. No. 11 Northwestern (Iowa) is second in victories with a 17-1 record. Three other teams have tallied 16 wins.
· Through six weeks of the season, six programs are undefeated. Last week at this time, 12 clubs were undefeated.
· Three of those undefeated teams are at least 10-0 on the young season.
· Seven programs are searching for their first win of the year -- at this point last week, there were 16 teams winless.
· On Sept. 13, IU East earned the program's 200th win with a four-set victory over Cincinnati Clermont. 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.
· 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.).
· 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 8-8 (through Sept. 19). There are 14 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 (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.
National Statistics (Through games played Sept. 19)
· Amy Weststeyn of Biola (Calif.) leads the NAIA with a .478 hitting percentage in 29 sets.
· In the kills category, Jessica Israel of Concordia (Calif.) is No. 1 with 4.8 kills per set (in 26 overall). 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. Thirty-five 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 (11.6).
· 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 8.6 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.
NAIA National Championship Information – Click HERE
NAIA Volleyball National Championship Records – Click HERE
Coaches’ Polls Superlatives
Active Top 25 Streak (Through 2013 Top 25 Poll No. 2 (Sept. 17))
|1. Concordia (Calif.)||88|
|2. Biola (Calif.)||87|
|3. Columbia (Mo.)||75|
|4. Texas at Brownsville||50|
|5. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)||40|
|6. Missouri Baptist||29|
|7. Westmont (Calif.)||16|
|7. Madonna (Mich.)||16|
|9. The Master's (Calif.)||15|
|9. Oklahoma Baptist||14|
Total No. 1 Ratings (Through 2013 Top 25 Poll No. 2 (Sept. 17), since 2000 Season)
|1. Fresno Pacific (Calif.)*||70|
|2. National American (S.D.)*||33|
|3. Columbia (Mo.)||20|
|4. Texas at Brownsville||20|
|5. Concordia (Calif.)||8|
|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|