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.
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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.