COLLEGE: APU, Biola receive NAIA nods

Azusa Pacific's women nabbed the No. 2 seed for the NAIA tournament after winning the Golden State Athletic Conference's postseason playoff, and the Cougars' men collected an at-large invitation and No. 8 seed.

Biola also is headed to the 31-team men's championship after capturing the GSAC tournament title, and Concordia is seeded 10th in the 32-team women's draw.

Pairings for both NAIA tournaments were released Sunday, and the GSAC's women fared better than its men, claiming four berths. APU and Biola are the conference's only men's teams in the draw, with regular-season champion Fresno Pacific and Irvine-based Concordia, No. 11 in the NAIA rankings, among the snubs.

Azusa Pacific will stage a first-round doubleheader Saturday, with the women (13-2-2) meeting Ottawa, Kan. (10-7-3) at 11 a.m. and the men (12-3-3) facing Cal State San Marcos (10-6-1) at 1:30 p.m.

Concordia (13-5-1) will be home Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Graceland (10-6-3), from Lamoni, Iowa. Biola (13-5-2) will open Saturday at Hannibal-La Grange (16-4-0) in Hannibal, Mo.

GSAC women's regular-season champion Point Loma Nazarene (18-1-2), from San Diego, was seeded sixth and be home against Science and Arts of Oklahoma (15-4-0); Westmont (12-6-0), from Santa Barbara, will play at 11th-seeded Cal State San Marcos (15-3-1).

First-round winners will advance to the 16-team championships that run Nov. 28-Dec. 3, with the men playing in Orange Beach, Ala., and the women in Decatur, Ala.