Concordia collected another big road win on Tuesday night as they beat No. 14 Westmont in Santa Barbara, CA. Jessica Israel was outstanding with 17 kills in 27 attempts, hitting .444 with three block assists. Madison Ekis added 14 kills and Le Mi led the team with four block assists. The Eagles hit .327 and held the Warriors to .089.
Concordia took a commanding 10-3 lead early in set one with two kills from Ekis and Israel each, and an ace from Taylor Dennison. Two kills from Ekis and another from Israel extended the advantage to 19-8. The Eagles cruised to the finish, 25-17.
Westmont hung close in game two and trailed 13-10 early in the set. The Eagles scored eight-of-the-next 12 on three kills from Reanna Schelhaas to lead 21-14. Concordia held that edge to the 25-18 win.
Concordia used a big run to win set three. With the score 5-6 in favor of Westmont, Concordia rattled off 12 straight with Mindy Knight on the serve. Israel picked up four kills over that stretch and Ekis had two. Concordia took that 11-point edge to the finish, 25-14.
"Madison Ekis and Jessica Israel led the way, and our setters did a nice job of running the offense," Concordia head coach Trevor Johnson said. "Our middle blockers got their hands on everything."
With the win Concordia moved to 19-1 and 9-0 in the GSAC, while Westmont fell to 18-6 and 4-5 in conference play.
Concordia (Calif.) sits at No. 2 with 632 total points. The Eagles have been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in every poll this season and recorded the third longest win streak in NAIA history at 55 matches. Concordia still leads the Golden State Athletic Conference standings with a 8-0 league mark, which is a one-game lead over No. 3 Biola (Calif.).
Thirteen of 23 conferences are represented throughout the Top 25, led by the Golden State Athletic Conference with five ranked teams, Concordia, Biola, No. 11 The Master's (Calif.), No. 12 Vanguard (Calif.) and No. 14 Westmont (Calif.). For the last 28 polls, Concordia (Calif.) has either been ranked Nos. 1 or 2, dating back to Oct. 11, 2011. Concordia has the longest active streak in the Top 25 as it has been ranked for 94-straight polls, dating back to the start of the 2006 season; right behind is Biola (Calif.).