The NAIA's No. 11-ranked Azusa Pacific used a blistering attack to post a season-high .367 hitting percentage in a 30-25, 30-28, 30-18 sweep over unranked King (Tenn.) Thursday afternoon to wrap up pool play at the 2006 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Tournament in Columbia, Mo. The Cougars were eliminated from the tournament when King lost to No. 1-ranked National American (S.D.) in morning action.
This match had it all. A courageous performance from a player battling injury. Wild swings of momentum. One of the longest rallies of the season, a game-ender at that. In the end, Azusa Pacific was edged in a 5-game thriller by 2006 NAIA Tournament host Columbia (Mo.), 26-30, 30-28, 30-18, 28-30, 15-11 in pool play action Wednesday evening.
The NAIA's No. 11-ranked Azusa Pacific put together a pair of good games, but fell short in its bid to upset the NAIA's top-ranked National American (S.D.) in the opening match of pool play for the Cougars, who suffered a 30-25, 30-11, 30-28 defeat at the 2006 NAIA Volleyball National Championship. The Cougars take on tournament host Columbia (Mo.) as pool play continues with a 6 p.m. (Central) contest.
The NAIA's No. 11-ranked Azusa Pacific earned back-to-back invitations to the NAIA Volleyball National Championship for the first time in program history. The Cougars claimed fourth place in the NAIA Region II Playoffs to earn the bid to the national tournament, held Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at Columbia College (Mo.).
Azusa Pacific, which earlier in the year twice rallied from 2 down to beat Biola in 5 games both times, made sure there would be no reversal of fortune in the first round of the playoffs, downing Biola in 4 games, 30-14, 30-26, 27-30, 30-28, before a spirited crowd at the Felix Event Center.
The NAIA’s No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific used a balanced attack to stay within striking distance of the NAIA’s No. 4-ranked California Baptist, but a 24-kill, 18-dig performance from Verania Willis gave the Lancers a 30-23, 32-30, 28-30, 30-21 victory in the Cougars’ regular-season finale Thursday night at the Felix Event Center.
In a span of just 3 days, the NAIA's No. 13-ranked Azusa Pacific went from watching a powerful offense commit just 12 attack errors in a 3-game defeat to Concordia to putting together an efficient offense of its own, committing just 12 attack errors in a 30-16, 30-26, 30-25 road sweep over Westmont Tuesday evening in Santa Barbara.
For the second time this season, the NAIA’s No. 4-ranked Concordia executed a nearly flawless offense to score a 3-game sweep over No. 13-ranked Azusa Pacific, defeating the Cougars 30-14, 30-28, 30-25 Saturday afternoon at the Felix Event Center.
Senior Chelsea Morgan's match-high 14 kills led the NAIA's No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 30-26, 30-27, 30-21 sweep over Hope International Tuesday night at the Felix Event Center.
After dropping a third game that featured 8 blocked attack attempts, the NAIA's No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific put together a dominating performance in the fourth game to seal a 30-27, 30-22, 24-30, 30-13 win over The Master's in GSAC action Saturday afternoon at the Felix Event Center.
Freshman Jill Baker’s solid performance at the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Fresno Pacific was not enough to slow down the Sunbirds as No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific was swept in Fresno Tuesday night, 30-23, 30-25, 30-26.
The NAIA's No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific held a 10-7 lead over host Vanguard in the fifth game, but the Lions rallied in The Pit to pull off their second straight upset over a top-ranked team, defeating the Cougars, 18-30, 30-27, 30-26, 31-33, 15-13, Saturday night in Costa Mesa.
For the second time this season, the NAIA's No. 8-ranked Azusa Pacific came back from a 2-game deficit to post a 5-game win over Biola, completing a season sweep over the No. 16-ranked Eagles with a thrilling 33-35, 27-30, 31-29, 30-28, 15-12 win Tuesday night in Azusa.
Freshman Jill Baker broke a 16-year old Azusa Pacific single-match record with 77 attack attempts, and she converted on many of those opportunities for a career-high 29 kills, but the NAIA's No. 8-ranked Azusa Pacific dropped a tight 4-game decision at home to No. 13-ranked Point Loma Nazarene, 30-27, 25-30, 30-28, 30-28.
Freshman Jill Baker collected a season-high 22 kills to lead the NAIA's No. 8-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 30-27, 30-12, 30-15 home sweep over San Diego Christian as the Cougars began the second round of Golden State Athletic Conference play.
The NAIA's No. 8-ranked Azusa Pacific used a balanced attack to overcome a 1-game deficit and beat Westmont in 4 games to close out the first round of GSAC play.
The NAIA's No. 8-ranked Azusa Pacific was dropped in a 3-game sweep by defending NAIA champion and No. 3-ranked California Baptist, 30-22, 30-23, 30-20 Thursday night in Riverside.
The NAIA's No. 10-ranked Azusa Pacific overcame a 2-game deficit to knock off No. 6-ranked Missouri Baptist, 27-30, 24-30, 30-25, 32-30, 15-12 Thursday night at Darling Pavilion in Fullerton.
The NAIA's No. 11-ranked Azusa Pacific swept Hope International Tuesday night in Fullerton, 33-31, 30-19, 31-29, setting up a titanic non-conference clash with No. 6-ranked Missouri Baptist Thursday and a return to GSAC action Saturday at No. 6-ranked Concordia.
The NAIA's No. 11-ranked Azusa Pacific moved into a 3-way tie for second place in the GSAC standings after settling in to win a 4-game match on the road at The Master's, 24-30, 30-23, 30-25, 30-18.
The NAIA's No. 10-ranked Azusa Pacific dropped a 4-game match to No. 2-ranked Fresno Pacific, 30-23, 30-20, 22-30, 30-17, becoming 1 of just 4 teams this season to take a game from the undefeated Sunbirds.
For the second time in less than a week, the NAIA's No. 10-ranked Azusa Pacific was taken to the limit before keeping its season-opening win streak alive with a 5-game road victory over No. 18-ranked Biola. The Cougars trailed 2 games to none before sweeping the final 3 for their eighth consecutive win.
Senior Chelsea Morgan came up with a kill and block to finish off a 5-game victory for the NAIA's No. 10-ranked Azusa Pacific over Vanguard Thursday evening in the Cougars' home opener.
Freshman Jill Baker's season-high 19 kills led the NAIA's No. 14-ranked Azusa Pacific to a season-opening 30-25, 30-14, 30-18 sweep on the road at San Diego Christian.
Senior Chelsea Morgan was named to the All-Tournament Team after leading Azusa Pacific to a perfect 4-0 record and a third-place finish at the 23rd Annual Fresno Pacific Invitational.
Senior Chelsea Morgan's disciplined play and senior leadership provided the spark that helped Azusa Pacific overcome a case of opening-game jitters en route to a 30-27, 30-19, 30-20 sweep over Southern Oregon in the Cougars' season opener Friday afternoon.
Azusa Pacific volleyball, ranked No. 14 in the NAIA preseason coaches poll, looks to build upon a new benchmark for success in Cougar volleyball after a 2005 season that netted a trip to the NAIA Tournament. The Cougars' visit to the Sunbird Invitational Aug. 25-26 at Fresno Pacific opens up the 2006 Cougar fall sports action.