KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NAIA) – (Schedule | Video Announcement) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the pairings for the 2014 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round. There will be 24 teams playing in 12 Opening Round matches at various campus locations on Nov. 22.
The 11 top seeds and host Briar Cliff (Iowa) receive a bye and advance to play at the NAIA National Championship final site, presented by J&L Enterprises, in Sioux City, Iowa, starting Dec. 2.
The following teams have received an Opening Round bye: Biola (Calif.), Briar Cliff, Columbia (Mo.), Concordia (Calif.), Grand View (Iowa), Midland (Neb.), Missouri Baptist, Northwestern (Iowa), Park (Mo.), Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and Texas at Brownsville. These teams, with the exception of Briar Cliff, were the top 11 teams in the final Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Six of the top 11 also enjoyed a bye in 2013 – Biola, Columbia, Concordia, Midland, Northwestern and Texas at Brownsville.
Park (Mo.) enters the national championship as the only unbeaten team remaining in NAIA volleyball. The Pirates (34-0) won both the American Midwest Conference (AMC) regular season and tournament titles en route to an automatic berth. Park has lost only two sets throughout the entire season and swept the last eight contests heading into the event.
The final site pools will be determined on Sunday, Nov. 23, and released by 5 p.m. CST.
NAIANetwork.com, the NAIA’s official video-streaming home, will broadcast all 47 matches live at the 2014 NAIA Volleyball National Championship final site in Sioux City, Iowa. The video platform, powered by Stretch Internet, will include live statistics, social media interaction and be available on mobile-friendly devices. Single-championship packages can be purchased for $20, while an all-season pass (up to 17 championships during the 2014-15 season) is available for $75. For more information and to pre-register, click.
For more information on the 2014 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round and National Championship final site, click here.
2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round Pairings
Saturday, Nov. 22 | Campus Sites
Match 1: Xavier (La.) (20-5) at Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (32-3)
Match 2: Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (17-24) at Davenport (Mich.) (34-7)
Match 3: Menlo (Calif.) (17-10) at Eastern Oregon (26-4)
Match 4: Point Park (Pa.) (27-15) at Georgetown (Ky.) (28-10)
Match 5: Union (Ky.) (30-9) at Madonna (Mich.) (36-7)
Match 6: College of the Ozarks (Mo.) (16-14) at Southern Oregon (2-5)
Match 7: Kansas Wesleyan (28-9) at Jamestown (N.D.) (24-6)
Match 8: Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) (28-17) at Indiana Wesleyan (32-7)
Match 9: Evangel (Mo.) (25-11) at Wayland Baptist (Texas) (23-9)
Match 10: Concordia (Ore.) (19-9) at Vanguard (Calif.) (22-11)
Match 11: Cal State San Marcos (27-10) at College of Idaho (19-11)
Match 12: Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (21-9) at Coastal Georgia (34-1)