INDIANAPOLIS – It will be a familiar road trip for the Gallaudet University volleyball team this week when the Bison head south to Newport News, Va., to face Christopher Newport University in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division III tournament on Friday, November 12. The Bison were one of the 63 teams that made the field as announced by the selection committee on Monday. The game time for Friday will be announced later today.
Gallaudet (24-14) advanced to the its seventh NCAA tournament appearance, the first since 2006, with a 3-1 victory over Penn St.-Berks in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship this past Saturday. The conference championship is the first for the Bison in the NEAC since it joined this past summer after being a member of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) for 20 years. The Bison are 3-6 all-time in the NCAA tournament. This is Gallaudet’s third appearance in the NCAA tournament under the guidance of Coach Lynn Ray Boren, now in his sixth season.
Christopher Newport (35-2), ranked No. 5 in the nation and second in the South region, won the USA South Athletic Conference championship for a fourth time in a row. The Captains are one of eight regional hosts. CNU and Gallaudet are two of the 42 conference champions that were awarded automatic bids for the 2010 championship. CNU is making its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament and eighth overall. Last season, the Captains advanced to the Elite Eight.
CNU defeated Gallaudet 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-23) at the Freeman Center on October 27. The Bison do have a winning record against the Captains as GU holds a 6-3 series advantage. The teams first met in 1989 and the last Bison win against CNU came October 7, 2006, in a 3-2 thriller at the Field House in the Gallaudet tournament. CNU is 2-0 all-time against the Bison in the Freeman Center since it opened in 2000.
The winner of the Gallaudet-CNU game will face the winner between Eastern University (29-4) and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (25-7). Eastern, ranked No. 8 in the nation and second in the Mid-Atlantic region, won the Freedom Conference championship and are in the tournament for the third year in a row (11th overall). Richard Stockton captured its third straight New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) title and is making its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament and sixth in program history.
The rest of the CNU regional consist of Colorado College (30-6), Randolph-Macon (25-7) and Franklin & Marshall (22-6). Colorado College, ranked No. 10 in the nation and first in the West region, won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and received the lone first round bye in the tournament. The Tigers are making their 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. Randolph-Macon, reigning Old Dominion Athletic Conference champions, will face Franklin & Marshall, the Centennial Conference champs, in the first round. The Yellow Jackets are making their second appearance in the NCAA tournament while the Diplomats return to the tournament for the first time since 2000 and will make their seventh overall appearance in program history.
The CNU regional will be held from November 12-14. The winner of the regional will advance to the women's volleyball championship finals hosted by Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., on November 19-21.
2010 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship