Volleyball Tigers off to Sioux City, Iowa for NAIA National Championship Appearance
Submitted on November 27, 2017
COMMIT. Simple. Bold. Straightforward. That is Georgetown College’s volleyball team’s mission starting 4 pm ET Tuesday in the 2017 NAIA Volleyball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa.
The No. 17 Tigers (21-4) boarded a plane and headed out for a program-best sixth straight trip to the final site. This is the third set of seniors that have advanced to the nationals every year of their four-year career.
Georgetown starts with a daunting task in pool-play. The four-team, round-robin schedule has GC pitted against No. 2 Viterbo (35-1), No. 15 Eastern Oregon (22-9) and Our Lady of the Lake (24-8). OLLU defeated Oklahoma City University in the opening round matches to advance to the final site and pool-play.
The Tigers will start with EOU in a rematch of the final 2016 Pool F match. GC lost in straight sets to Mountaineers but will be looking for much different results Tuesday.
Georgetown follows that up with a 3 pm ET Wednesday showdown with Viterbo – another familiar foe. During the 2015 run, GC played the V-Hawks twice. It was a split that season with Viterbo taking the win at nationals.
OLLU and the Tigers square off on day three in a 3 pm ET game.
In order to advance out of pool play, a team must be in the top two of their respective pool. A total of 12 teams advance into the next phase of the championship site. Eight of the 12 will play in four morning matches Dec. 1 with winners advancing to that evening’s quarterfinals. From there it is a straightforward elimination tournament with semifinals and finals played on Dec. 2.
All matches are available through NAIA live stream through the NAIA Network on Stretch Internet. Fans have several purchasing options to watch: $9.95 per day, $24.95 for pool-play only (Nov. 28-30) or a $39.95 for the entire tournament. There is also a $75 option that will get you access to all 25 national tournaments the NAIA streams.
--Prepared by Jenny Elder, SID