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2013 Volleyball National Championship Qualifiers Announced (Nov. 17)

November 17, 2013
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By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the 2013 Volleyball National Championship qualifiers for the 34th annual event. The 36-team NAIA National Championship will get underway with 12 National Championship Opening Round tournaments at campus locations on Nov. 23.

The pairings for the Opening Round matches will be released on Monday at Noon CST via a live graphical presentation. Go to www.NAIA.org for more details. The 12 Opening Round winners, as well as host Briar Cliff (Iowa), and the 11 additional schools that garnered byes, will advance to the NAIA National Championship final site in Sioux City, Iowa. The Tyson Events Center will welcome 24 teams from Dec. 3 – 7.

This year’s 36 teams include 27 automatic qualifiers – which was awarded to teams that either won their respective conference/independent tournament or regular season championship, or was a runner-up in their respective conference/independent regular season – eight at-large bids and one host berth earned by Briar Cliff. The at-large berths were determined by the final NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released earlier today.

Defending national champion and No. 2 -ranked Concordia (Calif.) qualified after winning the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament with a thrilling 3-2 win over No. 3-ranked Biola (Calif.) on Saturday. With a 23-2 overall record, the Eagles are trying to become the sixth different team to win back-to-back national championships.

Five teams punched their first-ever ticket into the National Championship: Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), Lourdes (Ohio), Midland (Neb.), Park (Mo.) and Wayland Baptist (Okla.). Last year, five newcomers also participated in the event.

Three qualifiers have won at least one previous national championship: Columbia (Mo.) (3), Concordia (1) and Texas at Brownsville (1). Former member Brigham Young-Hawaii holds the most in NAIA history with eight.

Columbia is the active leader in both championship appearances at 20 and playoff wins with a 79-38 record. Five other clubs will be playing in their 10th-or-more postseason: Biola (Calif.) (13), Dordt (Iowa) (10), Georgetown (Ky.) (16), Madonna (Mich.) (13) and Northwestern (Iowa) (11).

Madonna (Mich.) and Texas at Brownsville enter the championship as the only undefeated teams. The Crusaders sport a 38-0 mark, while Texas at Brownsville sits at 31-0. Other notable active win streaks to mention are Spring Hill's (Ala.) 27-gamer and Xavier's (La.) 20-game streak.

NeuLion, the NAIA’s official video-streaming company of select NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting all 47 matches of the 2013 Volleyball National Championship in Sioux City. For the first time ever, all pool play matches from Dec. 3 - 5, in addition to bracket play through the championship final Dec. 7 will be streamed live. Single day packages can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-tournament pass is available for $24.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here.

For more information on the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round and National Championship final site, click here

2013 Volleyball National Championship Qualifiers

School Qualification Record Championship Appearances Last Time Championship Record Titles
Asbury (Ky.) Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Regular-Season Champion 35-7 2nd 2008 0-1 -
Bellevue (Neb.) Midlands Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 34-8 8th 2012 10-16 0
Biola (Calif.) At-Large No. 1 22-3 13th 2012 46-22 0
Briar Cliff (Iowa) Final Site Host Berth 19-15 2nd 2010 0-3  
Bryan (Tenn.) Appalachian Athletic Tournament Champion 33-3 2nd 2012 0-1 0
Cal State San Marcos Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Champion 26-11 3rd 2012 2-3 0
Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Tournament Runner-Up 28-12 1st -- 0-0 -
College of Idaho Cascade Collegiate Tournament Champion 18-9 9th 2012 18-18 0
Columbia (Mo.) American Midwest Regular-Season Champion 28-9 20th 2012 79-38 3
Concordia (Calif.) Golden State Athletic Regular-Season Champion 23-2 9th 2012 35-9 1
Dordt (Iowa) At-Large No. 6 22-7 10th 2010 20-18 0
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) The Sun Tournament Champion 21-9 4th 2012 7-6 0
Georgetown (Ky.) Mid-South Tournament Champion 32-9 16th 2012 30-39 0
Grand View (Iowa) Midwest Collegiate Tournament Champion 29-13 3rd 2012 1-4 0
IU East Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Regular-Season Runner-Up 23-15 5th 2012 1-6 0
Indiana Wesleyan Crossroads League Tournament Champion 28-10 4th 2012 3-5 -
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) At-Large No. 4 36-3 3rd 2012 2-3 0
Lourdes (Ohio) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Tournament Runner-Up 21-12 1st -- 0-0 --
Madonna (Mich.) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Regular-Season Champion 38-0 13th 2012 27-25 0
Menlo (Calif.) California Pacific Tournament Champion 19-6 4th 2012 0-3 0
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) Heart of America Athletic Tournament Champion 26-2 3rd 2012 7-3 0
Midland (Neb.) Great Plains Athletic Tournament Champion 34-3 1st 2012 0-0 -
Mobile (Ala.) Southern States Athletic Tournament Runner-Up 24-13 4th 2009 5-7 0
Northwestern (Iowa) At-Large No. 2 34-2 11th 2010 19-22 0
Oklahoma Baptist Sooner Athletic Tournament Champion 32-5 3rd 2012 3-3 0
Ottawa (Kan.) Kansas Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion 20-13 2nd 2012 0-1 0
Park (Mo.) American Midwest Tournament Runner-Up 33-5 1st -- 0-0 --
Rocky Mountain (Mont.) Frontier Tournament Champion 24-6 3rd 2011 5-3 -
Spring Hill (Ala.) Southern States Athletic Tournament Champion 35-3 4th 2012 2-7 0
Texas at Brownsville Red River Athletic Tournament Champion 31-0 6th 2012 20-6 1
The Master's (Calif.) At-Large No. 7 19-8 2nd 2012 1-3 0
Trinity Christian (Ill.) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Regular-Season Champion 36-7 2nd 2010 0-1 0
Vanguard (Calif.) At-Large No. 3 22-6 5th 2012 5-8 0
Wayland Baptist (Texas) At-Large No. 8 30-6 1st -- 0-0 -
Westmont (Calif.) At-Large No. 5 21-8 9th 2012 20-17 0
Xavier (La.) Gulf Coast Athletic Tournament Champion 26-7 3rd 2012 0-2 -