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2012 Volleyball National Championship Qualifiers Announced

November 11, 2012
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By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern

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