By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
NAIA Match of the Week
No. 11 The Master’s (Calif.) (17-5, 6-3 GSAC) at No. 12 Vanguard (Calif.) (17-6, 5-4 GSAC)
Saturday, Nov. 2 | 7 p.m. PDT | The Pit | Costa Mesa, Calif.
Live Stats & Video (courtesy of Vanguard)
• A shot at staying in the upper echelon of the tough Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) is on the line as No. 12 Vanguard (Calif.) hosts No. 11 The Master’s (Calif.) on Saturday from Costa Mesa, Calif.
• 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.
• The conference champion and automatic qualifier from the GSAC is the regular-season winner. The GSAC does not have a conference tournament. Currently, five teams from the league are ranked in the Top 25, including No. 2 Concordia (Calif.), No. 3 Biola (Calif.) and No. 14 Westmont (Calif.).
• The Master's sits three games out of first-place in the league standings, which is held by Concordia. The Lions are four games back. Concordia is the two-time defending GSAC champion.
• The Master's has five regular-season matches remaining, including three against Top 25 opponents.
• Vanguard heads into the weekend with four matches left on the slate, including a date with Concordia and Westmont.
• In recent action, Vanguard dropped a 3-1 match (23-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-23) at No. 3 Biola on Tuesday. The Master's bounced back from an Oct. 26 loss versus Biola to defeat Hope International (Calif.), 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-15) on Tuesday.
• In the last five meetings in the series, the Mustangs stand 4-1, including four-straight victories. The last win for Vanguard was on Oct. 11, 2011 in a 3-1 match.
• Trailing 2-1, then-No. 21 The Master's came back to take down then-No. 17 Vanguard (Calif.) in five sets (25-15, 20-25, 26-28, 25-17, 15-9) in the teams' previous meeting on Sept. 28.
• At home this year, Vanguard totes a 7-1 mark -- the only loss was to then-No. 3 Biola on Sept. 24. The Mustangs are 4-2 in true road contests.
• The Master’s was No. 9 in the Preseason Poll and had been ranked as low as No. 22 before climbing back to No. 11 in this week’s poll.
• The Lions were unranked in the Preseason Top 25 and sit in their highest position of the year at No. 12.
• Sam Dougherty is a player to watch on the outside for The Master's with her averages of 4.3 kills per game, which is sixth in the NAIA. She was a NAIA Second Team All-American last year. As a team, the Mustangs are 15th in the NAIA in service aces per game (2.04) and have hit for 10 or more in six matches this year.
• Kelly Heenan leads the Vanguard defensive effort with 5.5 digs per game, which ranks 13th in the NAIA. Jessica Neves, a 2012 NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, ranks first on the club in kills per game (3.46). She has hit for 10-plus kills in six of her last eight matches.
Some information courtesy of Vanguard and The Master’s Sports Information Departments
This Week Around NAIA Volleyball
• The Top 25 teams have gone 23-4 this week through Thursday action, with all four of those losses coming against another fellow Top 25 opponents. Of those 23 victories, 18 of them have come in straight sets.
• Conference tournaments will begin this weekend with the North Star Athletic Association kicking it off on Saturday. NSAA quarterfinals pit Presentation (S.D.) and Dakota State (S.D.) with the winner advancing to the semifinals on Nov. 6. All of the other 22 conferences and independents will see action prior to Nov. 16. For the complete list of tournaments, click here.
• No. 20 Georgetown (Ky.) has seen three hitters hit the 1,000-kill club this season, and it all happened in the past 14 days. Allyson Wilbourn, Caraline Maher and Rachel Eubanks have all tallied the milestone and all are junior members of the program.
• With the most wins in the NAIA and still undefeated, 34-0 Madonna (Mich.) has one regular-season match scheduled against Siena Heights (Mich.) on Nov. 6. The Crusaders are trying to rattle off their first undefeated season since 2005 when they went 40-0—ending that campaign 48-2 with an appearance in the national semifinals. Madonna is leading the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) with a 10-0 mark in conference play, one game ahead of Davenport (Mich.) and Cornerstone (Mich.) (9-1). The Crusaders have already defeated both clubs in their only meeting of the regular season.
• Overall, there are eight Top 25 match-ups scheduled this week:
o Tuesday: (2) Concordia (Calif.) def. (14) Westmont (Calif.), 3-0
o Tuesday: (3) Biola (Calif.) def. (12) Vanguard (Calif.), 3-1
o Wednesday: (13) Park (Mo.) def. (25) Missouri Baptist, 3-0
o Thursday: (9) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) def. (20) Georgetown (Ky.), 3-1
o Friday: (1) Texas at Brownsville @ (7) Oklahoma Baptist
o Saturday: (5) Northwestern (Iowa) @ (6) Midland (Neb.)
o Saturday: (11) The Master's (Calif.) @ (12) Vanguard (Calif.)
o Saturday: (15) Columbia (Mo.) @ (16) Bellevue (Neb.)
• Overall, this week includes two contests that match Top 25 teams against squads who received votes in the seventh regular-season coaches poll:
o Tuesday: (20) Georgetown (Ky.) def. (RV) Campbellsville (Ky.), 3-1
o Wednesday: (6) Midland (Neb.) def. (RV) Hastings (Neb.), 3-2
• To view the complete volleyball scoreboard, click here.
• The eighth regular-season Coaches' Top 25 Poll was announced Oct. 29 and Texas at Brownsville holds on top for the second-straight week. The rest of the top-five remains intact with No. 2 Concordia (Calif.), No. 3 Biola (Calif.), No. 4 Madonna (Mich.) and No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa). 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.
• Caraline Maher of Georgetown (Ky.) won the eighth edition of NAIA Player of the Week honors, announced on Tuesday. During a 4-1 week for the Tigers, she averaged 3.50 kills, 1.00 digs and totaled 18 blocks (13 assists) in 18 total sets. For the complete Player of the Week schedule, click here.
For the Record (Through games played Oct. 31)
• Through 12 weeks of the season and with only two more remaining, two programs are undefeated: No. 1 Texas at Brownsville (26-0) and No. 4 Madonna (Mich.) (34-0).
• Three other programs, No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) (19-1), No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa) (30-1) and Bryan (Tenn.) (29-1) all have dropped just one match this year.
• Madonna has the most wins in the NAIA (34). Trinity Christian (Ill.) is next in line with 32 victories. Overall, seven teams have hit 30-or-more wins.
• The 34-0 start for Madonna is the longest active streak to start the year of any current four-year collegiate volleyball program (NAIA, NCAA)
• 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 in 2012 (38-0), Spring Hill (Ala.) in 2011 (38-0) and former member Lee (Tenn.) in 2010 (39-0).
• On Oct. 19, then-No. 1 Concordia fell in straight sets to then-No. 2 Texas at Brownsville. That loss was Concordia's first on the year after a 17-0 start and snapped a 55-match win streak, which dated back to the start of the 2012 season. That streak now stands as the third longest in the NAIA record book behind the 76-game win streak done by former member St. John Fisher (N.Y.) from 1979 - 80.
• On Oct. 25, Davenport (Mich.) head coach Megan Lenhart posted her 100th career win. She tallied the milestone in the 3-0 victory over Point Park (Pa.) in just her fourth year coaching.
• Conversely, Texas College is searching for its first win of the year. The Steers look to snap that streak on Friday against St. Thomas-Houston (Texas) and Huston-Tillotson (Texas) on Saturday.
• Four coaches have reached 300 career wins this season: Kansas Wesleyan’s Fred Aubuchon on Oct. 16 vs. Sterling (Kan.), 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 23 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 victory 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 (Neb.) 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 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 9-17 (through Oct. 25). There are four 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 head coach Melinda Wrye-Washington stands second.
National Statistics (Through games played Oct. 31)
• Sarah Becker of Jamestown (N.D.) leads the NAIA with a .485 hitting percentage in 100 sets. If the season ended today, the attack clip would be just off the top-five list in NAIA single-season history -- .501 is the fifth-highest season percentage.
• In the kills category, Denise De Vine of Reinhardt (Ga.) stands No. 1 with 4.8 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).
• Ana Guerra of Texas at Brownsville leads all players with an average of 1.7 blocks per set. Eighty-three 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.) and Katey Holler of Indiana Wesleyan both are tied for 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 7.0 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.)||94|
|2. Biola (Calif.)||93|
|3. Columbia (Mo.)||81|
|4. Texas at Brownsville||56|
|5. Embry-Riddle (Fla.)||46|
|T6. Westmont (Calif.)||22|
|T6. Madonna (Mich.)||22|
|T8. Oklahoma Baptist||21|
|T8. The Master's (Calif.)||21|
|10. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||18|
Total No. 1 Ratings (Through 2013 No. 8 Poll, since 2000 Season)
|1. Fresno Pacific (Calif.)*||70|
|2. National American (S.D.)*||33|
|T3. Columbia (Mo.)||20|
|T3. Texas at Brownsville||20|
|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|