SIOUX CITY, Iowa – (Schedule | Press Book) The 35th installment of the NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by J&L Enterprises, is scheduled for Dec. 2 – 6 at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
The City of Sioux City is hosting the event for the seventh-straight season.
The 24 programs, which start action on Dec. 2, are divided into six pools with four teams in each pool. The top two teams from each pool will advance to the single-elimination bracket starting Dec. 5.
The championship match will take place on Dec. 6 at 7:04 p.m. CST and will be broadcast for the first time in NAIA volleyball history on ESPN3.
NAIANetwork.com, the NAIA’s official video-streaming home, will broadcast the first 46 matches of the national championship. 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.
The 24-team field consists of the top 11 teams in the final Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (released Nov. 16), the 12 National Championship Opening Round winners and host Briar Cliff (Iowa).
Defending national champion Texas at Brownsville, along with Biola (Calif.), Briar Cliff, Columbia (Mo.), Concordia (Calif.), Grand View (Iowa), Midland (Neb.), Missouri Baptist, Northwestern (Iowa), Park (Mo.), Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and Viterbo (Wis.) earned Opening Round byes. Briar Cliff was the only team not ranked in the top 11.
Six of the top 11 also enjoyed a bye in 2013 – Biola, Columbia, Concordia, Midland, Northwestern and Texas at Brownsville.