The NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Committee announced its field of 63 teams for the 2010 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championships Monday (Nov. 8), and for the seventh straight season the Nebraska Wesleyan University volleyball team was selected to the tournament.
Nebraska Wesleyan, ranked #20 in the AVCA Poll, will be part of an eight-team regional that will be played at the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) in St. Paul, Minn. The tournament will take place this Friday through Sunday (Nov. 12-14). NWU will face the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 5:30 p.m., on Friday night.
NWU earned an at-large bid from Pool “B” after finishing the 2010 season with an 11-1 record in NCAA III play. This is the seventh straight year the Prairie Wolves have made the NCAA Championships, and the 14th overall appearance for NWU. Overall, NWU is 6-13 in NCAA III Tournament matches after advancing to the second round of the championships the past two seasons.
The Prairie Wolves ended the season with a 23-5 overall record, the highest win total for a NWU volleyball team since 1998.
Wisconsin-Eau Claire has a 24-9 overall record. The Bluegolds also received an at-large bid to the tournament and are ranked #16 in the AVCA/DIII Poll. This is the sixth straight NCAA III Tournament appearance for the Pioneers, and the 13th overall. NWU and Wisconsin-Eau Claire also met in the first round of the 1989 NCAA III Championships with the Bluegolds winning, 3-0.
Other matches on the opening day of the St. Thomas regional will be Concordia-Moorhead vs. Whitworth, St. Olaf vs. Northwestern (Minn.) and Puget Sound vs. St. Thomas. Six of the eight teams in the regional were ranked in the most recent AVCA DIII Top 25 poll.
The winner of the regional will travel to St. Louis, Mo, for the NCAA III quarterfinals, semifinals and finals that will be played Nov. 19-21 at Washington University (Mo.).