Last year the Lady Flames claimed their fourth consecutive national title with a 3-0 win. Concordia earned the right to face Lee in the quarterfinal round by defeating Cumberland University on Tuesday. Embry-Riddle, Spring Arbor, and Olivet Nazarene also stayed alive with victories.
“Today’s game will be exceptionally tough,” said Lee coach Matt Yelton after watching the Concordia win. “Concordia is one of the top teams in the history of the NAIA and has another very strong team this year.”
Yelton added: “Grant Landy is also one of the top coaches in the country at any level and his teams are always well organized and play with a ton of passion and energy year in and year out. We will have to play a very good game and execute well in order to advance to the Final Four.”
Senior defender Kim Conrad went out with a hip injury against Northwood on Monday and is listed as 50-50 for today’s match. “We still have a few players that are also 50-50,” noted Yelton. “We just hope that they are able to go today and perform well, but whoever gets the call to play has to step up and play well for us to get a win.”
In today’s other quarterfinal matchups, Olivet Nazarene will test Texas at Brownsville, Vanguard (Calif.) will be pitted against Spring Arbor (Mich.) and Embry-Riddle, the only team to hold a win over the Lady Flames this season, will go against Lindsey-Wilson (Ky.).
The entire tourney field takes a break Thursday and semifinal rounds are scheduled for Friday.