HCAC VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW
November 4, 2013Earlham College Broadcast Sports
GREENWOOD, IN- The 2013 HCAC volleyball tournament will be held this week, November 5, 9-10. Tuesday's opening round games will be played on the campus of the high seed, while the semifinals and championship will be played at Defiance College. The Yellow Jackets claimed the school's first ever HCAC volleyball crown and earned the right to host the tournament.
Defiance finished the season 23-5 overall and 9-0 in conference play, closing the regular season with a 12 match winning streak. Transylvania (23-11, 8-1 HCAC) earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament due to a loss to Defiance in the regular season. Defiance and Transy earned a first-round bye after earning the top two seeds in the tournament and will play separate semifinal matches Saturday afternoon.
Action will get underway Tuesday evening as Bluffton (13-18, 4-5 HCAC) earned the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 Mount St. Joseph (16-16, 7-2 HCAC). The Lions beat the Beavers 3-1 on October 9 in conference play. Bluffton closed the season with only one win in its final four matches, while Mount St. Joseph went 7-3 down the stretch. The winner will advance on to play Transylvania at 5:00 PM Saturday evening at Defiance. The Pioneers swept Bluffton and beat MSJ 3-1 during the regular season.
Hanover (14-15, 5-4 HCAC), the No. 5 seed in the tourney, will take on No. 4 Rose-Hulman (15-17, 5-4 HCAC) in the second opening round game Tuesday. Back on October 12, Rose-Hulman defeated the Panthers 3-2 in Terre Haute. The Engineers enter the tournament winning three of their last four matches, while Hanover has won five of its last seven matches heading into the event. Defiance has the right to play the victor between the Engineers and Panthers Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets swept both during conference play.
The championship match will be held on Sunday, November 10 at 1:00 PM. The tournament champion will earn the HCAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament that is slated to begin on Friday, November 15.