Badgers to open NAIA Playoffs in St. Louis
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the 2012 Volleyball National Championship Opening Round matches for the 33rd annual event and Spring Hill College will travel to St. Louis, Mo., on Saturday, November 17, 2012, to take on the Missouri Baptist University Spartans beginning at 1 p.m.
The Badgers (30-6, 14-0 SSAC) qualified for their second consecutive trip to the NAIA National Tournament by reaching the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) championship match on Saturday.
MBU (33-3, 16-2 AMC) arrived at the national tournament through an NAIA at-large invitation. The Spartans reached the semi-finals of the American Midwest Conference (AMC) Tournament where they fell to Park University in a 3-0 decision.
This appearance will be Spring Hill College’s third trip to the NAIA National Championships where they hold a 2-6 record, including last year’s 2-2 mark.
For the Spartans, it will be their fifth time to appear in the national event and they hold a 6-8 overall record including 2011 when they went 1-3.
The tournament’s top-11 seeds, in addition to host school Morningside (Iowa), will receive a bye, while the other 24 qualifying teams will play in the Opening Round matches on Nov. 17. All matches will be played at campus sites. The winners of the National Championship Opening Round matches will advance to the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa, location of the NAIA National Championship Final Site presented by CNOS. Those 12 winners will meet up with Morningside (Iowa) and the 11 top seeds in the National Championship from Nov. 27 - Dec.1.