KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the NAIA Volleyball National Championship qualifiers for the 33rd annual event. The 36-team tournament will get underway with the National Championship Opening Round at campus locations on Nov. 17. The 12 Opening Round winners, as well as host Morningside (Iowa), and the 11 additional schools that garnered byes, will advance to the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa, location of the NAIA National Championship final site presented by CNOS Nov. 27 - Dec. 1 in Sioux City, Iowa.
The pairings for the Opening Round matches will be released on Monday at 12 p.m. CST.
Defending national champion, Texas at Brownsville looks for its second-straight title after clinching an automatic berth by winning the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament. The Scorpions come into the National Championship with a record of 26-1.
This year's 36 teams include 27 automatic qualifiers, - awarded to conference/independent/unaffiliated group tournament and regular-season champions - eight at-large bids and one host berth.
Five teams will be making their first trip to the National Championship including: Bryan (Tenn.), Davenport (Mich.), Ottawa (Kan.), The Master's (Calif.) and Viterbo (Wis.).
Making its 19th appearance, most out of any team in the field this year, is Columbia (Mo.). Columbia and Texas at Brownsville are the only teams in this year's field to have won a national title.
NeuLion, the NAIA's official video-streaming company of 12 select NAIA national championship events, will be broadcasting all single elimination matches of the 2012 Volleyball National Championship. The single-elimination matches starting at 10 a.m. CT on Nov. 30 will be streamed and continue through the championship final at 8 p.m. CST on Dec. 1. Single day packages can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-tournament pass is available for $29.95.
2012 Volleyball National Championship Qualifiers
|School||Qualification||Record||Championship Appearances||Last Time||Championship Record||Titles|
|Bellevue (Neb.)||Midlands Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion||34-9||7th||2011||8-14||0|
|Biola (Calif.)||At-Large No. 1||26-4||12th||2011||42-21||0|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Appalachian Athletic Tournament Champion||32-8||1st||-||0-0||0|
|Cal State San Marcos||Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Champion||23-13||2nd||2011||0-1||0|
|Carroll (Mont.)||Frontier Tournament Champion||24-9||3rd||2011||4-2||0|
|College of Idaho||Cascade Collegiate Tournament Champion||21-6||8th||2011||15-16||0|
|Columbia (Mo.)||American Midwest Tournament Champion||37-1||19th||2011||74-37||3|
|Concordia (Calif.)||Golden State Athletic Champion||30-0||8th||2011||29-9||0|
|Davenport (Mich.)||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Tournament Runner-up||32-6||1st||-||0-0||0|
|Doane (Neb.)||Great Plains Athletic Tournament Champion||28-8||10th||2010||13-24||0|
|Embry-Riddle (Fla.)||The Sun Tournament Champion||28-4||3rd||2011||6-4||0|
|Georgetown (Ky.)||At-Large No. 5||33-4||15th||2009||27-37||0|
|Grand View (Iowa)||At-Large No. 7||29-10||2nd||2011||1-3||0|
|Hastings (Neb.)||At-Large No. 3||28-3||9th||2006||15-20||0|
|Indiana East||Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Tournament Champion||43-3||4th||2011||0-3||0|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Crossroads Leauge Tournament Champion||35-2||3rd||2011||2-3||0|
|Jamestown (N.D.)||Association of Independent Institutions Tournament Runner-up||27-8||2nd||2010||0-1||0|
|Lee (Tenn.)||Southern States Athletic Tournament Champion||28-9||11th||2011||19-22||0|
|Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||Mid-South Tournament Champion||28-12||2nd||2011||0-1||0|
|Madonna (Mich.)||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Regular Season Champion||33-7||12th||2008||25-23||0|
|Menlo (Calif.)||California Pacific Tournament Champion||16-6||3rd||2009||0-2||0|
|MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)||Heart of America Athletic Tournament Champion||24-4||2nd||2011||2-2||0|
|Missouri Baptist||At-Large No. 6||33-3||5th||2011||6-8||0|
|Morningside (Iowa)||Host Berth||16-14||4th||2011||2-7||0|
|Oklahoma Baptist||Sooner Athletic Tournament Champion||32-4||2nd||2011||0-1||0|
|Ottawa (Kan.)||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Tournament Champion||30-5||1st||-||0-0||0|
|Spring Hill (Ala.)||Southern States Athletic Tournament Runner-up||30-6||3rd||2011||2-6||0|
|St. Francis (Ill.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Regular Season Champion||36-6||9th||2002||21-20||0|
|St. Thomas-Houston (Texas)||Red River Athletic Tournament Runner-up||19-16||4th||2010||0-3||0|
|Saint Xavier (Ill.)||Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Tournament Runner-up||31-12||3rd||2010||0-5||0|
|Texas at Brownsville||Red River Athletic Tournament Champion||26-1||5th||2011||16-5||1|
|The Master's (Calif.)||At-Large No. 2||26-5||1st||-||0-0||0|
|Vanguard (Calif.)||At-Large No. 8||17-14||4th||2011||5-7||0|
|Viterbo (Wis.)||Midwest Collegiate Tournament Champion||32-6||1st||-||0-0||0|
|Westmont (Calif.)||At-Large No. 4||24-8||8th||2002||19-15||0|
|Xavier (La.)||Gulf Coast Athletic Tournament Champion||22-7||2nd||2011||0-1||0|