Nov. 20, 2010
Contact: Adam Samson, NAIA Sports Information and Media Services Intern, firstname.lastname@example.org
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Twenty-four teams battled it out at 12 on-campus locations across the country in NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round action Saturday.
Two teams ranked in the final Tachikara-NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll fell to unranked opponents in Opening Round matches. No. 13 Indiana Tech was upset by American Mideast Conference Tournament champion Malone (Ohio) 25-22, 23-25, 27-25, 25-22. Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament champion St. Ambrose (Iowa) took down No. 17 Dordt (Iowa) 19-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-15.
Out of the eight squads making their first-ever appearances in the National Championship, four were able to pencil in wins on their resumes. Those teams included Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Malone, Oklahoma City and Rocky Mountain (Mont.).
Shawnee State (Ohio) was looking to redeem itself with a win against Indiana East and did just that. The Bears, who had lost to Indiana East on Oct. 15, won in convincing fashion, 25-20, 25-17, 25-18.
Nine teams punched their tickets to the Final Site by sweeping their opponent. None of the 12 matches played on Saturday were pushed to a decisive fifth set.
The following teams received an Opening Round bye: Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Biola (Calif.), California Baptist, Columbia (Mo.), Concordia (Calif.), Fresno Pacific (Calif.), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Lee (Tenn.), Northwestern (Iowa), Taylor (Ind.) and Texas at Brownsville.
The final 24 teams will be placed into six pools and will play round robin pool play Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the single-elimination bracket starting Dec. 3. The championship match will take place Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. CST in Sioux City.
Final site pool assignments and schedule will be announced Sunday by 6 p.m. CST.
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National Championship Opening Round Scoreboard