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2011 NAIA Volleyball National Championship
2011 NAIA Volleyball National Championship
Sun, Nov. 13, 2011 - [Volleyball]

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the Volleyball National Championship Opening Round matches for the 32nd annual event. The top-11 teams, in addition to host school Morningside (Iowa), will receive a bye, while the other 24 qualifying teams will play in the Opening Round matches on Nov. 19. All matches will be played at on-campus sites.

The winners of the National Championship Opening Round matches will advance to the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa, location of the NAIA National Championship presented by CNOS Foundation Nov. 29 - Dec. 3.

The following teams have received an opening round bye: Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Biola (Calif.), Columbia (Mo.), Concordia (Calif.), Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Fresno Pacific (Calif.), Lee (Ten.), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Morningside (Iowa), Rocky Mountain (Mont.), Southern Oregon and Texas at Brownsville.

The final 24 teams will be placed into six pools and will play round-robin pool play Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, with the top-two teams from each pool advancing to the single-elimination bracket starting Dec. 2. The championship match will take place at on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. CST in Sioux City.

Ending the Aii Conference Tournament in second place, the Golden Eagles will be one of the 24 teams who will compete in a 2011 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round match on Saturday, November 19. Number two seed California State University-San Marcos (29-7) pulled off a mild upset in the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference championship match, defeating number one seed La Sierra University (23-3), 3 sets to one, by scores of 25-16, 25-18, 22-25, 25-23 on Saturday night.

Finishing as the runner-up in the Aii Conference Tournament, the Golden Eagles (23-3) will travel to Costa Mesa, CA to take on Vanguard University (21-12) on the Opening Round of the 2011 NAIA Volleyball National Championship. The time for the game is 7pm.


NAIA Qualifiers 


NAIA Opening Round Pairings 


32nd Annual NAIA National Volleyball Championships Details 


Final NAIA Top-25 Rankings