Volleyball National Championship Day 1 Pool Play Recap
By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – (Complete Schedule) All six top seeds come away with wins on day one of pool play action at the 2015 NAIA Volleyball National Championship. With the 24-team field being divided into six pools of four teams each, every program played one match within their respective pool on Tuesday.
As the only unbeaten team entering the national championship, Lourdes (Ohio) fell to Hastings (Neb.) in four sets. Lourdes came into the national championship with a record of (32-0) and a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference championship under their belt. The win was the first for Hastings at the national championship since downing former member Lee (Tenn.), 3-1, in 2012.
Columbia (Mo.) three-time attacker of the week Penny Liu shined for the Cougars in the win with her sixth-straight performance with double figure kills. The senior from Nanjing, China record 11 kills, while adding one block. Columbia is in its 22 national championship and is looking to make this their fourth title season.
With a win tonight against Briar Cliff (Iowa), No. 1 Lindsey Wilson has won 26-straight matches this season. The Blue Raiders are 34-3 this season and have appeared in five national championships.
There were three significant upsets on the first day of pool play including: Evangel (Mo.) taking down the defending national champion Park (Mo.), 3-1. The Crusaders had four players with double digit kills - 52 kills in all. College of Idaho defeated a solid Rocky Mountain (Mont.) team in three sets with three players recording double digit kills including senior Kylie Porter who threw down 20 on the match. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) swept No. 11 Eastern Oregon in the last upset of day one pool play. The Pioneers were backed by a solid defensive front with nine total blocks.
In the final match of the night, Midland (Neb.) took Southern Oregon into five sets. An up and down battle between both teams resulted in Midland coming out with a victory as they winkled out Southern Oregon with the winning point resulting in a double contact against Southern Oregon. This is the second year in-a-row Midland has went to five sets on the opening day of pool play. The Warriors fell to Georgetown (Ky.) in their first pool play match last season.
No. 1 seeded squads ended the day with a 6-0 record that included three sweeps. Missouri Baptist, Biola and Vanguard were the three No. 1 seeds to drop a set on the day.
Pool play action continues Wednesday starting at 1 p.m. insides the Tyson Events Center
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