2019 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Championship Preview
- This is the 12th year that the championship has been hosted in Sioux City.
- There are 32 teams that advanced to the final site. Twenty of those teams advanced with a bye past opening round and 12 of the teams advanced to the final site after winning their respective opening round match-up.
- The following teams received a bye to the final site: Central Methodist (Mo.), Columbia (Mo.), Concordia (Neb.), Corban (Ore.), Eastern Oregon, Grand View (Iowa), Indiana Wesleyan, Jamestown (N.D.), Lawrence Tech (Mich.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Marian (Ind.), Missouri Baptist, Montana Tech, Morningside (Iowa), Northwestern (Iowa), Oklahoma City, Park (Mo.), Providence (Mont.), Southern Oregon, Viterbo (Wis.).
- The following teams advanced to the final site after winning their national championship opening-round match-up Saturday: Bellevue (Neb.), Embry-Riddle (Ariz.), IU Kokomo (Ind.), Madonna (Mich.), Martin Methodist (Tenn.), Ottawa (Kan.), Reinhardt (Ga.), Saint Mary (Kan.), Saint Mary (Neb.), Texas Wesleyan, Westmont (Calif.) and Xavier (La.)
- Teams to watch
- Park – the Pirates landed their second No. 1 ranking of the season in the final poll after being ranked No. 1 in the preseason poll
- Missouri Baptist – the Spartans were ranked No. 1 three times this season. The most No. 1 rankings in a season for the team. When the team wasn't ranked at No. 1 they remained in the Top 5 throughout the regular season.
- Northwestern (Iowa) – The Red Raiders were written in the history books this year as the team landed at No. 1 for the first time. The team was ranked at No. 1 for two polls and remained in the Top five for the entire regular season. The team only has one blemish on their record this season from the College of Saint Mary (Neb.).
- Indiana Wesleyan – The Wildcats landed in the Top 5 for the first time and remained in the top five for the entire regular season. The team holds only one notch in the loss column that came from conference opponent Marian (Ind.).
- Players to watch:
- Kasia Niderla of Lindsey Wilson – Niderla leads the nation in hitting percentage, 0.412. The middle currently has 492 kills on the season on 914 total attempts.
- Jodie Kelly of Madonna – Kelly leads the nation in kills with a season total of 663 and an average of 4.8 kills per set.
- Ana Wedel of Northwestern – Wedel was selected as the attacker of the week twice this season.
- Lacey Wacker of Northwestern – Wacker was selected as the setter of the week twice this season. She also currently leads the nation in assists per set at 12.0 on a total of 1,232 assists in 103 sets.
- The first three days of the tournament will consist of pool play. Pools are made up of four teams and each of those four teams will compete against each other through the first three days. The two teams that have the best record or win on a tie break scenario advance to the Round of 16.
- The Round of 16 is the beginning of single elimination bracket play with winners advancing to the quarterfinal, semifinal and championship rounds.
- There are three teams in the 2019 field that have previously won a title: Columbia (1998, 1999, 2001, 2015), Lindsey Wilson (2017) and Park (2014, 2018).
- Lawrence Tech, Martin Methodist and Saint Mary (Kan.) are making their first appearance at the championship.
- Columbia is the only team in the field to win a title in consecutive years (1998-99-01-15).
- After a 12-year drought of tournament appearances, College of Saint Mary (Neb.) is back in the tournament for the first time since 2006.
- Xavier is making its first appearance at the final site after winning its first opening round match-up in the last eight years.
- There are 15 teams that have advanced out of pool play before: Bellevue, Columbia, Grand View, Jamestown, Lindsey Wilson, Madonna, Missouri Baptist, Montana Tech, Northwestern, Oklahoma City, Park, Southern Oregon, Texas Wesleyan, Viterbo and Westmont.
- The NAIA Network – the association's official video-streaming home – will broadcast 60 matches live at the 2019 NAIA Volleyball National Championship final site in Sioux City, Iowa. The video platform, powered by Stretch Internet, allows users access to live video, statistics and social interaction on a number of devices, including mobile. Single-day passes can be purchased for $9.95, while a pool play pass is $24.95 (Dec. 3-5) and a championship package is available at $39.95. You can also buy an All-Championship pass and watch every championship streamed on the NAIA Network in 2019. Buy your All-Championship Pass today.
- Both semifinal matches that take place at 11:00 a.m. CST on Saturday, Dec. 7 will be broadcast on ESPN3 as well as the NAIA Network. The championship match will be played at 7:P00 p.m. CST December 7 and will be broadcast on ESPN3 for the sixth time.
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