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2013 National Invitational Tournament Field Set

April 08, 2013
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Story by Tyler Price
 
The 2013 NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational Tournament field is set and the six teams vying for a national championship will be: No. 1 Park (Parkville, Mo.), No. 2 Concordia-Irvine (Irvine, Calif.), No. 3 Warner (LakeWales, Fla.), No. 4 Missouri Baptist (St. Louis, Mo.), No. 5 St. Ambrose (Davenport, Iowa) and No. 6 Johnson and Wales (Denver, Colo.).
 
All six teams will meet in Denver, Colo., on the campus of Johnson and Wales University from Apr. 18 - 20.
 
Park University will be the No. 1 overall seed and earned its spot in the tournament with a MAMVIC West Conference Tournament championship over the weekend, defeating Grand View (Iowa) in three sets.
 
The Pirates are in search of its fourth NAIA National Championship in program history. They won the title last year under head coach Michael Talamantes.
 
In just its first-year as a NAIA men’s volleyball program, Concordia-Irvine will make an appearance in the national tournament, after winning the MAMVIC NationalConference tournament over Warner back on Mar. 23.
 
Fellow MAMVIC National team, Warner University earned the first at-large bid into the tournament with its second-place finish in the MAMVIC National tourney and 17-4 overall record.
 
No. 4 Missouri Baptist, earned the final at-large spot after a second-place finish in the MAMVIC West regular season standings and 17-6 overall mark and 8-2 conference record.
 
The No. 5 seed in the tournament will go to MAMVIC East conference tournament champion St. Ambrose. The Fighting Bees defeated Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) in five sets in the MAMVIC East tournament final to earn the automatic bid into the national tournament.
 
Under head coach Bill Gleeson, SAU has advanced the national championship match each of the last two seasons.
 
The final spot and No. 6 seed will go to tournament host Johnson and Wales University. The Wildcats will enter the tournament with a 5-19 record.

For the complete schedule and more information, click here.
 
NAIA National Tournament Seedings:
1) Park University
2) Concordia University-Irvine
3) Warner University
4) Missouri Baptist University
5) St. Ambrose University
6) Johnson and Wales University
 
Final NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 Poll, (Apr. 8, 2013)
1) Park University
2) Concordia University-Irvine
3) Warner University
4) Missouri Baptist University
5) Hope International University
6) Grand View University
7) St. Ambrose University
8) Cardinal Stritch University
9) Clarke University
10) Missouri Valley College