2015 NCAC Volleyball Tournament Champions
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|Friday, Nov. 6 (All matches @ Wittenberg University)||Saturday, Nov. 7 (All matches @ Wittenberg University)|
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Senior Recognition Ceremony and Announcement of All-NCAC Teams
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Wittenberg (8-0, 24-2) captured its conference-leading 21st NCAC Volleyball Tournament Championship on Saturday night following a 3-1 victory over DePauw (19-11) in the championship match. The Wittenberg Tigers found their way to the championship match with a 3-0 victory over Allegheny in the quarterfinal round on Friday night and another 3-0 victory over Hiram in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon. The DePauw Tigers paved their path to the championship match with a 3-0 triumph over Kenyon in the quarters and a thrilling 3-2 victory over Ohio Wesleyan in the semifinal round. As tournament champions, Wittenberg receives the NCAC's automatic bid into the 2015 NCAA Division III Tournament.
Laura Kelly, Hiram
Brianna La Croix, Ohio Wesleyan
Keely McGrath, DePauw
Faith Rolwes, DePauw
Megan Flaherty, Wittenberg
Kristina Fultz, Wittenberg
MVP - Kara Seidenstricker, Wittenberg
Wittenberg (8-0, 21-2) has won its 21st North Coast Athletic Conference volleyball championship after finishing the season with a perfect mark against league foes for the fifth year in a row and the 18th time overall. Allegheny is second all-time with five titles (1985, 88-91), while Hiram, Kenyon and Ohio Wesleyan have each accumulated two titles. Wooster earned the inaugural conference championship in 1984.
Ohio Wesleyan (7-1, 25-3) finished second in the final league standings, while Denison (5-3, 13-10), DePauw (5-3, 16-8) and Hiram (5-3, 19-7) finished in a three-way tie for third-place. There was another three-way tie for sixth between Allegheny (2-6, 15-10), Kenyon (2-6, 11-11) and Oberlin (2-6, 7-15), while Wooster (0-8, 12-13) rounded out the league standings in ninth. Both three-way ties were broken via conference policy for tournament seeding purposes only.
As league champions, Wittenberg has earned the No. 1 seed and hosting rights for the 2015 NCAC Volleyball Tournament for the 10th year in a row. The 12-match, two-day event will be held at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield, Ohio, November 6-7. The NCAC Volleyball Tournament is a top-eight, two-court format, with quarterfinal matches on Friday and semifinal, consolation semifinal and final place matches being played on Saturday.
In the 4:00 p.m. quarterfinal matches on Friday, No. 3 DePauw takes on No. 6 Kenyon and No. 4 Hiram squares off against No. 5 Denison. The 7:00 p.m. quarterfinal matches will feature No. 2 Ohio Wesleyan taking on No. 7 Oberlin and No. 1 Wittenberg clashing with No. 8 Allegheny.
On Saturday, consolation semifinal matches will be contested at 10:00 a.m., semifinal matches at 12:00 p.m., seventh- and fifth-place matches at 3:30 p.m., the third-place match at 5:30 p.m. and the championship match at 7:30 p.m.
In addition, the NCAC Senior Recognition Ceremony and Announcement of the 2015 All-NCAC Teams will take place immediately following the semifinal matches on Saturday afternoon.
TOURNEY NOTES: The tournament winner receives the NCAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament ... Wittenberg is the eight-time defending tournament champion and has won 20 NCAC Tournaments overall ... Allegheny follows the Tigers with five tourney championships, including four-straight between 1988-91 ... Kenyon (1986-87) and Ohio Wesleyan (1994, '96) each hold a pair of titles, while Hiram won the title in 2006 and Wooster earned the inaugural tournament championship in 1984 ... Wittenberg cruised through the tournament bracket a year ago, knocking off Wooster in the quarterfinals, Ohio Wesleyan in the semifinals and DePauw in the championship match.