Photo Courtesy of Steve Paulson
Sioux City, Iowa - (Bracket) The second day of pool play at the 2012 NAIA Volleyball National Championship presented by CNOS Foundation came to a close tonight. Just like yesterday, top teams Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and The Master's (Calif.) fell in their matches today and move to 0-2 in pool play headed into the final day.
No. 1 Concordia (Calif.) continued its winning ways in its second pool play match of the National Championship as the Eagles downed Georgetown (Ky.) in straight-sets 25-11, 25-19 and 25-15. Madison Ekis led Concordia with 10 kills. Indiana University East and Morningside closed down the gym tonight with a five-set match. The Mustangs of Morningside eventually took the win by scores of 25-23, 13-25, 25-27, 25-20 and 16-14.
No. 2 Texas at Brownsville survived a scare against No. 14 College of Idaho. The Scorpions defeated the Lady Yotes, 3-2 (25-27, 21-25, 27-25, 25-20, 18-16). Danica Markovic collected a game-high 20 kills. The Lady Yotes had four players with double figure kills. Westmont broke into the win column in the second day of pool play as the Warriors defeated St. Francis in straight-sets, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-14). Candice Adema paced the Warriors offense with 40 assists.
The Cougars of Columbia managed to take down the Crusaders of Madonna (Mich.) today in a four-set match by scores of 25-23, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-21. Columbia Libero Elena Berroteran had a match high 21 digs while junior outside hitter Kahoriz Feliz put down 20 kills. Oklahoma Baptist made quick work of Carroll (Mont.), sweeping the Saints 25-12, 25-19 and 25-11 to move to 2-0 in Pool C. Kristin Pressley's 14 kills and 13 digs led a balanced offensive and defensive effort for the Bison.
Biola (Calif.) moved to 2-0 in Pool D play as the Eagles defeated Missouri Baptist, 3-1, (25-19, 25-22, 16-25, 25-16). Amy Weststeyn recorded 17 kills for the Eagles, while Gracee Gallarda dished out 52 assists. After falling behind 2-1 to Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Lee (Tenn.) mounted a comeback against the Blue Raiders and defeated them, 3-2, (25-12, 21-25, 19-25, 25-14, 15-11). Setting up the Lady Flames offense was Camil Martinez who recorded 50 assists, while Paula Martins recorded 17 kills, both game-highs.
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) defeated No. 5 Embry-Riddle, 3-0, (25-19, 25-17, 25-23) to improve to 2-0 in pool play. The Pioneers were led by Taryn Salum's 31 assists and Linjun Ji and Megan Hayes 10 kills. Hastings (Neb.) defeated Bellevue (Neb.) 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-21) to make things interesting in Pool E with both teams holding a 1-1 record. Kendra Schwein pounded down a game-high 21 kills for the Broncos.
The Viterbo (Wis.) V-Hawks pulled out another thrilling victory tonight, upsetting The Master's 25-20, 19-25, 25-23 and 27-25. A total of 388 attack attempts between both teams resulted in 108 digs for the V-Hawks, who had three player's notch 20 digs or more. Katie Flock added 19 kills and 20 digs in the win. Cal State San Marcos fell to Indiana Wesleyan in the other Pool F match-up. The Wildcats swept the Cougars 25-22, 29-27 and 25-23 to put both teams with a record of 1-1 heading into day three. Junior middle hitter Kristine Egebrecht hit 0.579 for the Wildcats, connecting on 11 of her 19 attempts for the win.
Pool play resumes on Thursday, November 29 at 1 p.m. CST at the Tyson Events Center as all 24 squads return to action. The top-two teams from each of the six pools will move on to single-elimination play beginning on Friday.