GU women's volleyball leaves for 2012 NCAA Division III tournament, information on first round match
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Gallaudet University women's volleyball team left for Newport News, Va., on Thursday morning after a group of faculty, staff and students cheered the Bison on as they left Kendall Green. The Bison are off to the 2012 NCAA Division III women's volleyball tournament where they will play a first round match against Randolph-Macon College on Friday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Christopher Newport University.
This is the third-straight NCAA tournament appearance for the Bison, who have won the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship every year since joining the conference in 2010. The Bison defeated Keuka College, 3-0, last Saturday to earn the NEAC's automatic qualifier bid. It is the program's ninth trip to the NCAA tournament and the fifth appearance under eighth-year head coach Lynn Ray Boren. Gallaudet has compiled a 3-8 record all-time at the tournament. Gallaudet is the No. 6 seed in the Newport News regional.
Randolph-Macon (23-6) is seeded third in the region after receiving an at-large bid into the tournament. The Yellow Jackets, who won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) regular-season title, fell to Lynchburg College, 3-1, in the semifinals of the ODAC tournament. This is the fourth consecutive year Randolph-Macon has participated in the tournament. Last season, the Yellow Jackets fell, 3-0, to Emory University in the regional semifinals. Randolph-Macon defeated Johns Hopkins University, 3-1, in the first round.
Gallaudet is one of just nine teams in the 64-team field with at least 30 wins and looks to advance from the first round for the first time since 2006. The Bison have faced five other tournament teams this season, losing all five, while first-round opponent Randolph-Macon has a 1-2 record against tournament teams, including a 3-1 loss to regional host Christopher Newport. The Bison and Yellow Jackets had just one common opponent this season and both were victorious as GU defeated the University of Mary Washington, 3-2, while RMC downed UMW in straight sets.
The winner of the Gallaudet and Randolph-Macon match will face the winner of the first round match between the Washington & Lee University Generals (26-9) and the Captains of Christopher Newport (36-2) on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Generals earned an automatic bid after downing Lynchburg in the ODAC championship match to take the league title. CNU, the No. 5 ranked team in the country, was selected to host the Newport News regional for the third consecutive season after capturing its 10th USA South championship. The Captains advanced to the NCAA championship match last season where they lost to national champion Wittenburg University. W&L and CNU met earlier this season in a match the Captains won in straight sets. The winners of the Saturday matches, who will face off the next day on Sunday, Nov. 13, in the regional final to determine the champion of the Newport News regional.
The quarterfinal round is set to begin on Nov. 15 at Hope College in Holland, Mich., with the semifinals and finals continuing through the weekend. The championship match will take place on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Tickets will go on sale one hour prior to the start of each match. Tickets are available for single sessions or as an all-session deal. Single session tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults. All-session tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $12 for adults. Children two and under are admitted free of charge.
Live Video/Live Stats
The CNU Sports Information Office will be offering Live Stats and Live Video of all of the matches during the weekend.
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NCAA Game Programs
At more than 40 of this year's NCAA championships game-day programs will be available in digital format, free to college sports fans everywhere. IMG College Publishing is partnering with the NCAA to provide fans free access to selected NCAA championship programs before, during and after the events on smart phones or computers, in an environmentally friendly manner.
The NCAA and IMG are using the same technology - QR Codes - that the Gallaudet Sports Information Office debuted back in September 2011 for paperless programs. Fans can scan the QR code below or when they are at the venue and view the program on their smartphone or iPad or another tablet device. You can also log onto www.NCAA.com/gameprograms.