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Georgetown College volleyball punched its ticket to the national final site weeks ago and for the first time since 2009 has enjoyed not being part of this past weekend's opening round held at host sites.
The No. 11 Tigers (29-7) were one of 20 NAIA teams that earned a direct bid to Sioux City, Iowa and next week's final site matches of the 2016 NAIA Volleyball National Championship. Sunday afternoon GC learned all of its pool play opponents.
"We knew going into this past week that No. 6 Eastern Oregon would be part of our pool based on rankings of all teams assured final site bids," said GC coach Nick Griffin. "We were waiting for what happened in the first round matches to determine the final team in our four-team pool."
Coastal Georgia (29-8) defeated St. Andrews (22-15) and No. 24 Montana Tech (23-9) defeated Indiana University South Bend (18-22) for the final spots in Pool F.
Georgetown's matches will be as follows in the guaranteed pool-play:
Nov. 29 at 4 pm – Georgetown vs. Montana Tech
Nov. 30 at 4 pm – Georgetown vs. Coastal Georgia
Dec. 1 at 4 pm – Georgetown vs. Eastern Oregon
The NAIA expanded the 24-team field to 32 at the final site, increasing the six-pool set up to eight. This now eliminates the extra bye four teams received immediately following pool play. The top two teams in each pool advance into a single-elimination tournament and now with eight pools that means a perfect 16 teams will play Friday, instead of 12 as it has been in years past.
"This sets it up a more natural progression of the tournament and everyone will play the same number of matches," Griffin said.
The first round of the elimination tournament will start the morning of Dec. 2 with eight matches and the quarterfinals will be that evening.
Semifinals will be the morning of Dec. 3 with the finals that evening.
The NAIA Network – the association's official video streaming home – will broadcast all 63 matches (including 48 pool-play matches) at the final site. The video platform, powered by Stretch Internet, allows users access to live video, statistics and social interaction on a number of devices, including mobile. Single day passes can be purchased for $9.95, while a pool play pass is $24.95 (Nov. 29 – Dec. 2) and an all-championship package is available at $39.95. For more information and the pre-register, click here.