GSAC opponents meet in the NAIA Match of the Week with winning streaks on the line.
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
For the Record (Through games played Oct. 10)
• 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.
• 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.
• 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).
• 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.
• 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.
• 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|