The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the Volleyball National Championship Opening Round matches for the 32ndannual event. The top-11 teams, in addition to host school Morningside (Iowa), will receive a bye, while the other 24 qualifying teams will play in the Opening Round matches on Nov. 19. All matches will be played at on-campus sites.
The No. 22 Vikings (38-7) will travel to Bourbonnais, Illinois, on Saturday, Nov. 19, to face-off against unranked Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (28-12) for opening round of the NAIA Championships. Grand View won the MCC Tournament and Olivet Nazarene was the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season champion to receive automatic bids to the NAIA Championships. The CCAC, with 11 teams, receives two bids to nationals; the regular season winner and its conference tournament champion.
The two teams met earlier this season at the Olivet Nazarene Tournament. The Vikings defeated the Tigers 3-1 on October 14th. The winners of the National Championship Opening Round matches will advance to the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa, location of the NAIA National Championship presented by CNOS Foundation Nov. 29 - Dec. 3.
The final 24 teams will be placed into six pools and will play round-robin pool play Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, with the top-two teams from each pool advancing to the single-elimination
NAIA Volleyball Championship Opening Rounds Pairings