Mountain Lions qualify for NCAA Tournament

By Doug Fitzgerald published November 12, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS -- For the first time in program history, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs volleyball team qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

The announcement, which has been a foregone conclusion based upon regional rankings over the past couple of weeks, was officially made after a tournament committee conference call Monday morning. The Mountain Lions will be the No. 3 seed in the Southwest Regional, which will be played at the University of Nebraska at Kearney's Health and Sports Center Nov. 16-18.

"I would like to congratulate the volleyball team on a terrific season and their first-time trip to the national tournament," said UCCS athletic director Stephen Kirkham. "It is always an amazing journey when a team comes together and achieves at this level."

NCAA Division II is comprised of eight regions, each of which will have an eight-team tournament with the winner advancing the national championship tournament. Unlike Division I basketball, all of the teams in the field of 64 will compete within their geographical region to try to reach the Elite Eight.

Four other Rocky Mountain Athletic Schools will join UCCS in Kearney. Besides the host Lopers, Fort Lewis, Metro State and Mesa State all qualified. The other three qualifying schools (West Texas A&M, Midwestern State and Central Oklahoma) are all from the Lone Star Conference. No Heartland Conference school qualified.

UCCS will open the tournament against a familiar opponent, facing No. 6 seed Metro State at noon on Friday. The Mountain Lions lost to Metro 3-0 in Denver on Sept. 21, and then beat the Roadrunners 3-2 on Oct. 20 in Colorado Springs.

UCCS, which has won 20 of its past 25 matches, was beaten Sunday by Nebraska-Kearney in the championship match of the RMAC Tournament. To reach the finals, UCCS beat Mesa State and Adams State.

Beginning Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m., host Nebraska-Kearney will begin selling tournament passes. They will be $22.00 for adults and $15.00 for senior citizens (60 and up) and youths (under 18).

Single session tickets will go on sale Friday. They'll be $ 8.00 (adult), $ 6.00 for senior citizens and youths and $ 4.00 (college student with valid ID).

All seating for the tournament will be general admission. The UNK ticket office can be reached at (308) 865-1563.

The complete bracket is available at www.ncaasports.com.

Friday, November 16th

Session 1

Match # 1 No. 3 Colo.-Colo. Springs (20-11) vs. No. 6 Metro State (15-14), 12:00 p.m.

Match # 2 No. 2 West Texas A & M (32-7) vs. No. 7 Midwestern State (27-5), 2:30 p.m.

Session 2

Match # 3 No. 4 Central Oklahoma (31-6) Vs. No. 5 Fort Lewis (21-7) 5:00 p.m.

Match # 4 No. 1 UNK (31-4) vs. No. 8 Mesa State (15-13), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 17th

Session 3

Match # 5 Winner Match # 1 Vs. Winner Match # 2, 5:00 p.m.

Match # 6 Winner Match # 3 Vs. Winner Match # 4, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 18th

Session 4

Match # 7 Championship, 3:00 p.m.

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