Concordia defeated Columbia (Mo.) 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19) to win its first NAIA Volleyball National Championship and complete the season undefeated with a school record 38 wins. This is the 42nd NAIA championship won by a GSAC team.
As a team Concordia tallied 57 kills, with a .271 hitting percentage for the match including .302 in the third set, 52 assists, 67 digs, 10 blocks and 6 aces. Jessica Israel recorded 17 kills with a .500 hitting percentage and Madison Ekis had 14 kills. Also contributing were Fei Gao with 9 kills and 15 digs, Reanna Schelhaas with 8 kills, Le Mi with 7 kills, Liz Younglove with 28 assists, and Kara Vincitorio with 19 digs. This was Concordia's fourth appearance in the finals, previously finishing as the runner-up in 2004, 2008 and 2011. The Eagles won this championship without the play of GSAC Player of the Year Brooke Marino, who was injured near the end of the regular season. For the box score, go to dakstats.com. For more match details go to cuieagles.com.
"Nothing came easy tonight and this is one tough group," said Concordia's head coach Dan Fisher. "They really found a way when we were in tight situations this year and I couldn't be prouder. We always believed and they deserved this."
Concordia Coach Dan Fisher was named the Tachikara All-Tournament Coach.
Several players from the GSAC earned NAIA All-Tournament honors:
- Madison Ekis, Concordia - Outside Hitter
- Fei Gao, Concordia - Outside Hitter
- Jessica Israel, Concordia - Right Side
- Christine Douglas, Biola - Outside Hitter
- Amy Weststeyn, Biola - Middle Hitter
For more information about the 2012 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, go to naia.org.