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Coach Martin and the Badgers earned the program's first national bid since 2003
Coach Martin and the Badgers earned the program's first national bid since 2003
Volleyball - Sun, Nov. 13, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Sunday afternoon,  the Spring Hill College volleyball team received confirmation from the NAIA that they will host a 2011 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round match versus the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Champion Xavier University (La.) Gold Nuggets at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.

The Badgers swept a 3-0 decision from Xavier at home in the teams' only previous meeting of the 2011 season by the scores of 25-10, 25-20, 25-12.

The winner of the 2011 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round match will advance to the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa to begin pool play in the NAIA National Championship presented by CNOS Foundation on November 29-December 3, 2011.

The final 24 teams will be placed into six pools and will compete in round-robin pool play November 29-December 1 with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the single-elimination bracket starting December 2. The championship match will take place on December 3 at 8 p.m. CST in Sioux City.

NeuLion is the NAIA's Digital Media Partner and the official video-streaming company of 10 select NAIA National Championship events. Select matches from the NAIA Volleyball National Championship final site will be streamed along with single-elimination play, quarterfinals, semifinals and the championship final. All of these matches can be streamed live for $14.95 and any single day can be purchased for $9.95. For more information, go to www.WatchNAIA.com.

This appearance will mark just the second time that the Badgers have advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in the program's 11-year history. Spring Hill last appeared in 2003, compiling a 0-4 record in pool play.

Also on Sunday, the Badgers (38-1) collected 310 votes in the 2011 NAIA Volleyball Top 25 Rating to move from No. 18 to No. 16 in the NAIA poll.

The NAIA poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches representing each of the NAIA conferences, independents and unaffiliated groups.

Lee University (30-2) is the only other Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) member to appear on the list and rose from No. 4 to No. 3 garnering 580 votes while Shorter University also checked in the "receiving votes" category with 43 votes for 31st position on the list.