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2009 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round Review

November 21, 2009
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Nov. 21, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Twenty-four teams took to the court at 12 on-campus locations across the country in NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round action on Saturday. The winners advance to the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa, location of the NAIA National Championship final site presented by Siouxland Sports Medicine Foundation Dec. 1 - 5.

All but one host team was victorious Saturday. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), Taylor (Ind.), Bellevue (Neb.), Lubbock Christian (Texas) and Shawnee State (Ohio) all posted 3-0 shutout wins to punch their tickets to Sioux City. Four teams, Indiana Tech, Doane (Neb.), Lee (Tenn.) and Mobile (Ala.), recorded 3-1 wins.

St. Ambrose (Iowa), who last qualified for the National Championship in 1999, advanced to the final site with a thrilling five-set (16-25, 25-17, 15-25, 25-16, 15-9) win over College of the Ozarks (Mo.).

Saturday's final match went down to the wire with Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) taking down Southern Oregon on the road in five sets (15-25, 25-14, 30-32, 25-13, 16-14).

The following teams received an opening round bye: Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Biola (Calif.), California Baptist, College of Idaho, Columbia (Mo.), Concordia (Calif.), Fresno Pacific (Calif.), Georgetown (Ky.), host Morningside (Iowa), Northwestern (Iowa), Texas at Brownsville and Vanguard (Calif.).

The final 24 teams will be placed into six pools and will play a round robin pool play Dec. 1-3, with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the single elimination bracket starting Dec. 4. The championship match will take place at 8 p.m. (CST) on Dec. 5.

Final site pool assignments and schedule will be announced by 6 p.m. (CST) on Sunday.

JumpTV Inc. is the exclusive provider of live video and audio-streaming at the NAIA National Championship. JumpTV will stream the 2009 NAIA Men's and Women's Soccer and Volleyball National Championships. All of the action from Sioux City on Dec. 4 and 5 will be video-streamed live on JumpTV, a total of 11 matches. These events can be viewed by going to watchnaia.com or by clicking here.

2009 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round

Match 1 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (35-8) def. Evangel (Mo.) (28-9), 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-18)
Match 2 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (24-7) def. Southern Oregon (24-4), 3-2 (15-25, 25-14, 30-32, 25-13, 16-14)
Match 3 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) (20-11) def. Menlo (Calif.) (17-10), 3-0 (25-19, 34-32, 25-19)
Match 4 Taylor (Ind.) (35-5) def. Indiana East (30-12), 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-19)
Match 5 Indiana Tech (33-6) def. Walsh (Ohio) (28-9), 3-1 (25-22, 28-26, 14-25, 25-17)
Match 6 Bellevue (Neb.) (29-7) def. Friends (Kan.) (28-11), 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-21)
Match 7 Doane (Neb.) (29-7) def. Black Hills State (S.D.) (24-12), 3-1 (25-23. 25-23, 19-25, 25-22)
Match 8 Lee (Tenn.) (33-5) def. Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (23-13), 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-22)
Match 9 Lubbock Christian (Texas) (27-5) def. St. Thomas-Houston (Texas) (23-11), 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-18)
Match 10 Shawnee State (Ohio) (31-3) def. Union (Ky.) (29-5), 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-12)
Match 11 Mobile (Ala.) (24-10) def. Savannah College of Art & Design (Ga.) (28-8), 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 18-25, 25-15)
Match 12 Saint Ambrose (Iowa) (35-7) def. College of the Ozarks (Mo.) (26-11), 3-2 (16-25, 25-17, 15-25, 25-16, 15-9)