By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Match of the Week
No. 10 Park (Mo.) (23-2, 6-0 AMC) at No. 19 Grand View (Iowa) (20-11, 4-0 MCC)
Saturday, Oct. 19 | 4 p.m. CDT | Charles S. Johnson Wellness Center | Des Moines, Iowa | Grand View Invitational
• Two Top 20 teams, No. 10 Park (Mo.) and No. 19 Grand View (Iowa), looking to pad their nonconference resumes as the postseason nears, will battle on Saturday at the Grand View Invitational.
• 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.
• Prior to the NAIA Match of the Week, Grand View takes on William Woods (Mo.) and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) on Friday and Evangel (Mo.) on Saturday. Park is scheduled to take on Ashford (Iowa) and Jamestown (N.D.) on Friday before Viterbo (Wis.) on Saturday.
• Standing with a 19-12 overall record, Grand View is looking to rebound after a 2-3 stretch in its last five matches. The Vikings are 4-0 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) and hold a 1/2-game lead over Viterbo (Wis.).
• Park (23-2), who is on a 13-match win streak that is over a month old, leads the American Midwest Conference (AMC) standings. The Pirates are 6-0, which is tied with William Woods for the AMC lead.
• Park enters the tournament on a long win streak, with its last loss coming against then-No. 5 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) on Sept. 13. During the win streak, the Pirates have swept 11 opponents.
• On the year, Grand View is 5-2 at home -- both losses coming in August against then-No. 17 (tie) Indiana Wesleyan and then-No. 13 Midland (Neb.).
• Park is 6-1 this year in true road matches with the lone setback against MidAmerica Nazarene.
• In the series history, Park holds a slight 4-3 edge (since 1996). In the last meeting on Aug. 25, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa, Grand View took a 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-11, 25-20). The last three matches have been wins by Grand View, with the Vikings taking nine of 10 sets.
• Grand View started at No. 24 in the Preseason Top 25, but after a 2-5 start to the year fell out completely. The Vikings climbed back and have been ranked four-straight weeks hitting its highest position at No. 19.
• The Pirates have been ranked in all seven polls this year, peaking at No. 8 in the Oct. 8 edition of the Top 25.
• Grand View is led by junior outside hitter Kadie Subbert, who ranks eighth in the NAIA in total kills (351) and 24th in kills per set (3.86). She enters the weekend on a six-match streak of 10-plus kills.
• Earning her second-straight AMC Player of the Week, Park junior right-side hitter Wanessa Siqueira is the leading front-line player. She stands No. 5 in the nation in kills per set (4.3) and 18th in hitting percentage (0.355).
Some information courtesy of Park and Grand View Information Departments
This Week Around NAIA Volleyball
• The Top 25 teams have gone 13-2 this week through Wednesday action. The only losses were by No. 18 Wayland Baptist (Texas) and No. 25 Missouri Baptist, both coming against non-NAIA competition.
• No. 2 Texas at Brownsville will host a tournament with three other Top 25 programs visiting the Manuel Garza B. Gym over the weekend. Besides the Ocelots, No. 1 Concordia (Calif.), on a 54-match win streak, No. 3 Biola (Calif.) and No. 22 Columbia are scheduled to participate. These four clubs made up the field in last year's NAIA National Championship semifinal round.
• With a 16-0 record on the year, No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) is riding a 54-match win streak. No other four-year collegiate volleyball program has a longer active streak -- Madonna (Mich.) is next with a 31-gamer. That mark is good for third-longest in NAIA annals, trailing the second-longest streak of 76 done by former member St. John Fisher (N.Y.) done from 1979-80. The last loss for the Eagles came Dec. 3, 2011 in the NAIA National Championship final against Texas at Brownsville. Next up, Concordia takes on No. 22 Columbia (Mo.) and No. 2 Texas at Brownsville this weekend in Brownsville, Texas.
• With the most wins in the NAIA and still undefeated, 31-0 Madonna (Mich.) has four more regular season matches scheduled on the docket. The Crusaders are trying to rattle off its 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 7-0 league mark, which is a one-game lead over Davenport (Mich.) and Cornerstone (Mich.). The Crusaders have already defeated both clubs in the only meeting of the season.
• Overall, there are eight Top 25 match-ups scheduled this week:
o Thursday: (22) Columbia (Mo.) @ (2) Texas at Brownsville
o Friday: (1) Concordia (Calif.) vs. (22) Columbia (Mo.)
o Friday: (3) Biola (Calif.) @ (2) Texas at Brownsville
o Friday: (22) Columbia (Mo.) vs. (3) Biola (Calif.)
o Saturday: (22) Columbia (Mo.) vs. (1) Concordia (Calif.)
o Saturday: (1) Concordia (Calif.) @ (2) Texas at Brownsville
o Saturday: (3) Biola (Calif.) vs. (22) Columbia (Mo.)
o Saturday: (10) Park (Mo.) @ (19) Grand View (Iowa)
• Overall, this week includes five contests that match Top 25 teams against squads who received votes in the sixth regular-season coaches poll:
o Tuesday: (11) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) def. (RV) Campbellsville (Ky.), 3-1
o Friday: (RV) Jamestown (N.D.) vs. (10) Park (Mo.)
o Friday: (16) Vanguard (Calif.) @ (RV) Cal State San Marcos
o Saturday: (RV) Viterbo (Wis.) vs. (10) Park (Mo.)
o Saturday: (15) Dordt (Iowa) @ (RV) Hastings (Neb.)
• To view the complete volleyball scoreboard, click here.
• The sixth regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll was announced Oct. 15. For the 11th-straight time, Concordia (Calif.) earned the No. 1 ranking as it grabbed all 22 first-place votes for the second-straight poll. Twelve-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.
• Cailie Johnson of Cornerstone (Mich.) won the sixth edition of NAIA Player of the Week honors, announced on Tuesday. She hit at a .452 clip and averaged 3.43 kills and 1.52 digs per set to help Cornerstone go 5-0 last week, including three Top 25 wins. For the complete Player of the Week schedule, click here.
For the Record (Through games played Oct. 16)
• Through 10 weeks of the season, three programs are still undefeated: No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) (16-0), No. 2 Texas at Brownsville (18-0) and No. 4 Madonna (Mich.) (31-0).
• The 31-0 start for Madonna is the longest active streak to start the year of any current four-year collegiate volleyball program -- the next closest is NCAA Division III member Calvin (Mich.) who is 24-0.
• One team fell from the undefeated ranks last weekend as No. 3 Biola (Calif.) was 15-0 before a 3-1 loss at the hands of top-ranked Concordia on Oct. 12.
• 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 54th-straight with a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Biola on Oct. 12. That streak is third longest in the NAIA record book.
• Madonna has the most wins in the NAIA with a 31-0 record. With a 27-6 record, Trinity Christian (Ill.) is next in wins. Four other teams have hit 25-or-more wins: Bryan (Tenn.), Midland (Neb.), Northwestern (Iowa) and Spring Hill.
• Conversely, two programs are searching for their first win of the year.
• Three coaches have reached 300 career wins this season: 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 22 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 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 9-15 (through Oct. 16). There are five 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. 16)
• Sarah Becker of Jamestown (N.D.) leads the NAIA with a .501 hitting percentage in 83 sets. On Oct. 3, Becker posted her 500th career block, which set a new Jamestown record.
• 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).
• Amanda Walton of Bethel (Tenn.) leads all players with an average of 1.5 blocks per set. Sixty-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 7.5 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.)||92|
|2. Biola (Calif.)||91|
|3. Columbia (Mo.)||79|
|4. Texas at Brownsville||54|
|5. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)||44|
|6. Missouri Baptist||33|
|T7. Westmont (Calif.)||20|
|T7. Madonna (Mich.)||20|
|T9. Oklahoma Baptist||19|
|T9. The Master's (Calif.)||19|
Total No. 1 Ratings (Through 2013 No. 6 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.)||14|
|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|