Posted: Nov 22, 2011 9:05 AM
Updated: Nov 22, 2011 10:11 AM
COLUMBIA - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has released the pool assignments and schedule for the 32nd Annual NAIA Volleyball National Championship presented by CNOS Foundation. The Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa, will serve as the final site for the event November 29 - December 3.
The final 24 teams have been placed into six pools and will play a round robin pool schedule November 29 - December 1, with the top-two teams from each pool advancing to the single elimination bracket starting December 2. The championship match will take be held at 8 P.M. CT on December 3.
Concordia University took the top seed. The University of Texas at Brownsville and Lee University take the second and third seed respectively. Embry-Riddle University is fourth followed by the Cougars in the fifth spot and Azusa Pacific University in sixth.
As the No. 5 seed, the Cougars are the top seed in Pool E. The Cougars will face off against No. 8 ranked Lewis-Clark State College and unranked Indiana Tech University and Point Loma Nazarene University. Columbia defeated Indiana Tech on October 7th in the Embry-Riddle invitational but has not seen Point Loma or Lewis-Clark this season.
Columbia will start off the championships with Point Loma on Tuesday, November 29th at 1:00 P.M. The Sea Lions are making their 14th appearance at the National Championships and hold a record of 45-23 in the championships including a win over Cal State San Marcos in the 2011 Opening Round. Point Loma brings a 19-8 record into the championships.
On Wednesday, November 30th at 1:00 p.m. the Cougars will take on Indian Tech. The Warriors are making their third appearance in four years after downing the Pioneers of Point Park University in the Opening Round in four games. Indiana Tech is 34-5 on the season.
Columbia's final pool play game will come against Lewis-Clark on Thursday, December 1 at 3:15 P.M. The No. 8th ranked Warriors from Lewis-Clark received an opening round bye, just like Columbia, based on their ranking. Lewis-Clark State heads to Sioux City with a 21-4 record as an at-large berth. This is the Warrior's 12th trip to the National Championships and they've posted a 24-24 record against opponents while there.
The Cougars are one of ten teams that hold a national tournament winning record. Columbia heads to the tournament for the 18th straight year and has a 70-36 record at the playoff. Fresno Pacific University is the only team that has appeared at more national tournaments than the Cougars at 21.