November 21, 2010

King Women's Volleyball going back to NCCAA Nationals

GREENVILLE, S.C. - King College has been given an at-large bid and the No. 7 seed for the upcoming NCCAA Division I Women's Volleyball National Championship, the national organization announced.

King, with a 30-9 record and Mid-East region runner up, will play at the NCCAA event for a second straight season and the seventh trip since 1989.

The NCCAA National Championship will be held from Dec. 2-4 in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Lady Tornado program has three top-three finishes at the event, but did not make the semifinals a season ago after going 2-2 in pool play. King defeated Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) University 3-2 and Southeastern (Fla.) University 3-0. Both Mount Vernon, the No. 2 seed, and Southeastern, given the No. 10 seed, join King in Pool B. Along with the trio will be Mid-East region champion Campbellsville, the No. 3 seed for the event and No. 6 Trinity Christian (Ill.) University.

The only team from Pool B not to participate in last year's national event was Trinity Christian who last appeared at the NCCAA Nationals came back in 2002. Pool B features both teams from the 2009 NCCAA National Championship match when Campbellsville upended Mount Vernon.

On the other side in Pool A, Indiana Wesleyan University got the event's top seed. Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) University, Colorado Christian University, Trinity International (Ill.) Univeristy and Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) University are also in the pool.

No one in Pool A played in last year's event. Colorado Christian and Southern Wesleyan both played in the 2008 event. Indiana Wesleyan's last trip came in 2007 where they were national runner up. Palm Beach Atlantic played in the 2007 event after a runner up finish the year before and the winning the 2004 NCCAA National Championship. Trinity International's last NCCAA Nationals appearance was in 2006.

In the last NCCAA Burbridge Power Rating, on Nov. 9, Mount Vernon owned the top spot, followed by Trinity Christian. Campbellsville was No. 4 with Indiana Wesleyan at No. 5. King was ranked No. 7 as Palm Beach and Trinity International held spots No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Southern Wesleyan was No. 11 and Colorado Christian at No. 13.

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Pool A

Pool B

#1 Indiana Wesleyan (27-11)
#4 Palm Beach Atlantic (23-9)
#5 Colorado Christian (18-15)
#8 Trinity International (24-15)
#9 Southern Wesleyan (21-14)

#2 Mt. Vernon Nazarene* (41-4)
#3 Campbellsville* (30-10)
#6 Trinity Christian (28-8)
#7 King* (30-9)
#10 Southeastern* (24-14)

* - Participated in 2009 NCCAA National Championship