By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Match of the Week
No. 3 Biola (Calif.) (15-0, 6-0 GSAC) at No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) (15-0, 6-0 GSAC)
Saturday, Oct. 12 | 7 p.m. PDT | CU Arena (2,400) | Irvine, Calif.
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• First place in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) is on the line as No. 3 Biola (Calif.) visits No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) in a battle of the Eagles on Saturday. Both clubs are 6-0 in the GSAC and holds a 2.0 game lead over the third-place team.
• Concordia is taking a 53-match win streak into Saturday, which is third-longest in NAIA annals. The Eagles' last loss came in the 2011 national title contest.
• The 15-0 start for Biola is tied with the 2008 team for the best to begin a season. The program record for wins to start a season is 23 straight, a mark they set in 1996.
• The contest is a rematch of the 2012 NAIA National Championship semifinal contest, which Concordia won 3-1 (25-17, 25-17, 25-27, 28-26). Concordia compiled 18.0 team blocks and held Biola to a .103 hitting clip to take the 3-1 win.
• Both teams are scheduled to meet up in the final regular-season contest on Nov. 16 in La Mirada, Calif.
• The match will have Concordia players wearing special ASICS Pink Jerseys to support Breast Cancer Awareness.
• Biola leads the all-time series, 37-17, but the Eagles have won five-consecutive head-to-head matches, dating back to the start of 2011. Three of those matches have gone to five sets.
• Concordia holds the No. 1 national ranking for the 10th-straight week, while Biola is No. 3 for the fourth-consecutive time and in the top five for the 20th-straight time. The Concordia Eagles have boasted a Top 25 ranking for the last 91-straight weeks, which is tops on the active list. Biola is right behind at 90-straight.
• At home, Concordia has won 38-straight contests dating back to the start of the 2011 season. The last loss on home court was Nov. 13, 2010 against former member Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 3-0.
• Biola has played just two road matches this year, winning in 3-0 fashion against Vanguard (Calif.) on Sept. 24 and versus Westmont (Calif.) on Oct. 5.
• In national statistics, Concordia ranks first in the NAIA in assists per set (13.7) and kills per set (14.7) and stands seventh in hitting percentage (.276). Individually, Jessica Israel is listed third in kills per set (4.4). She has reached 10-or-more kills in 14 of her 15 matches, including a season-high 24 against Davenport (Mich.) on Aug. 23.
• Biola is No. 3 in assists per set (13.1), sixth in kills per set (13.8) and eighth in hitting percentage (.275). Amy Weststeyn is second in hitting percentage (.433) and 37th in blocks per set (1.02). In eight matches, Weststeyn has amassed a .400 hitting clip.
Some information courtesy of Concordia and Biola Sports Information Departments
This Week Around NAIA Volleyball
• The Top 25 teams have gone 20-4 this week through Thursday action. The only losses were by No. 13 The Master's (Calif.), No. 16 Westmont (Calif.), No. 17 Missouri Baptist and No. 24 Davenport (Mich.), which all occurred against another Top 25 foe.
• With a 15-0 record on the year, No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) is riding a 53-match win streak. That mark is good for third-longest in NAIA annals. The last loss for the Eagles came Dec. 3, 2011 in the NAIA National Championship final against Texas at Brownsville. Next up, Concordia hosts No. 3 Biola (Calif.) in the NAIA Match of the Week on Saturday.
• With the most wins in the NAIA and still undefeated, 26-0 Madonna (Mich.) hits the road for its next six matches. The Crusaders, who are leading the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) with a 6-0 league mark, head Friday to the St. Francis Big Guns Classic in Joliet, Ill., with four scheduled events.
• Overall, there are seven Top 25 match-ups scheduled this week:
o Tuesday: (1) Concordia (Calif.) def. (13) The Master's (Calif.), 3-1
o Tuesday: (18) Vanguard (Calif.) def. (16) Westmont (Calif.), 3-1
o Tuesday: (22) Columbia (Mo.) def. (17) Missouri Baptist, 3-0
o Wednesday: (4) Madonna (Mich.) def. (24) Davenport (Mich.), 3-0
o Saturday: (3) Biola (Calif.) at (1) Concordia (Calif.)
o Saturday: (19) Grand View (Iowa) at (17) Missouri Baptist
o Saturday: (22) Columbia (Mo.) vs. (19) Grand View (Iowa)
• Overall, this week includes seven contests that match Top 25 teams against squads who received votes in the fifth regular-season coaches poll:
o Wednesday: (7) Midland (Neb.) def. (RV) Hastings (Neb.), 3-0
o Friday: (RV) Viterbo (Wis.) vs. (4) Madonna (Mich.)
o Friday: (14) Bellevue (Neb.) at (RV) College of the Ozarks (Mo.)
o Friday: (RV) Cornerstone (Mich.) at (17) Missouri Baptist
o Friday: (RV) Cornerstone (Mich.) vs. (19) Grand View (Iowa)
o Saturday: (RV) Trinity Christian (Ill.) vs. (4) Madonna (Mich.)
o Saturday: (22) Columbia (Mo.) vs. (RV) Cornerstone (Mich.)
• To view the complete volleyball scoreboard, click here.
• The fifth regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll was announced Oct. 8. For the 10-straight time, Concordia (Calif.) earned the No. 1 ranking as they grabbed all 23 first-place votes for the first time on the year. 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 won back-to-back national NAIA Player of the Week honors, announced on Tuesday. For the complete Player of the Week schedule, click here.
For the Record (Through games played Oct. 10)
• Through nine weeks of the season, four programs are still undefeated: No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) (15-0), No. 2 Texas at Brownsville (16-0), No. 3 Biola (Calif.) (15-0) and No. 4 Madonna (Mich.) (26-0).
• No. 11 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) was undefeated last week at 21-0 before a 3-2 loss to Northwestern Ohio on Oct. 5.
• 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 53rd-straight with a 3-1 victory over No. 13 The Master's (Calif.) Cal State on Tuesday. That streak is third longest in the NAIA record book. The Eagles are 15-0 on the season.
• Madonna has the most wins in the NAIA with a 26-0 record. Three teams have compiled 24 wins: Midland (Neb.), Northwestern (Iowa) and Trinity Christian (Ill.).
• Conversely, two programs are searching for their first win of the year -- at this point last week, there were three 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).
• 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 9-13 (through Oct. 10). There are eight 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. 10)
• Sarah Becker of Jamestown (N.D.) leads the NAIA with a .479 hitting percentage in 74 sets. On Oct. 3, Becker posted her 500th career block, which set a new Jamestown record.
• In the kills category, Alicia Olson of Viterbo (Wis.) and Kirstin Pressley of Oklahoma Baptist stand 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).
• Amanda Walton of Bethel (Tenn.) and Crystal Taporco of Friends (Kan.) lead all players with an average of 1.5 blocks per set. Fifty-four 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 (11.4).
• 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 7.5 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.)||91|
|2. Biola (Calif.)||90|
|3. Columbia (Mo.)||78|
|4. Texas at Brownsville||53|
|5. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)||43|
|6. Missouri Baptist||32|
|T7. Westmont (Calif.)||19|
|T7. Madonna (Mich.)||19|
|T9. Oklahoma Baptist||18|
|T9. The Master's (Calif.)||18|
Total No. 1 Ratings (Through 2013 No. 5 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.)||13|
|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|