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Dordt Volleyball Qualifies For National Field

November 17, 2013

(Sunday, November 17; Sioux Center, Iowa)  The Dordt College Defender volleyball program has earned an at-large berth in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) 2013 Volleyball National Championship tournament.  The 36-team NAIA National Championship will get underway with 12 National Championship Opening Round tournaments at campus locations on Nov. 23 and Dordt will host a match that day.

Dordt held the no. 15 spot in the final regular season Tachikara-NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll released on Sunday, November 17.  The Defenders were awarded at-large berth no. 6 out of eight in the tournament.  Dordt will be making its 10th appearance in the National Championship Tournament and its first since 2010.  The Defenders are 22-7 this season and are one of four GPAC teams earning a spot in the field along with Northwestern, Midland and the tournament host Briar Cliff.

This year’s 36 teams include 27 automatic qualifiers – which was awarded to teams that either won their respective conference/independent tournament or regular season championship, or was a runner-up in their respective conference/independent regular season – eight at-large bids and one host berth earned by Briar Cliff.

The pairings for the Opening Round matches will be released on Monday, November 18 at Noon CST.  The 12 Opening Round winners, as well as host Briar Cliff (Iowa), and the 11 additional schools that garnered byes, will advance to the NAIA National Championship final site in Sioux City, Iowa. The Tyson Events Center will welcome 24 teams from Dec. 3 – 7.

Defending national champion and No. 2 -ranked Concordia (Calif.) qualified after winning the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament with a thrilling 3-2 win over No. 3-ranked Biola (Calif.) on Saturday. With a 23-2 overall record, the Eagles are trying to become the sixth different team to win back-to-back national championships.

Five teams punched their first-ever ticket into the National Championship: Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), Lourdes (Ohio), Midland (Neb.), Park (Mo.) and Wayland Baptist (Okla.). Last year, five newcomers also participated in the event.

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