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Blugolds To Host Seven-Team Volleyball Regional
Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2006
UW-Eau Claire will be the host site for the seven-team NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Thursday through Saturday. The tournament will be played in the McPhee Phy Ed Center.
The NCAA announced the field of 60 teams and the eight regional sites for the Division III volleyball championship late Sunday night.
With their location, the Blugolds have drawn the top four teams from the Midwest Region as well as the second and third-ranked teams from the Central Region.
The top four Midwest Region teams are UW-Eau Claire, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Whitewater and Carthage while the second and third teams from the Central Region are Concordia-Moorhead and St. Thomas. The seventh team in the field is Midwest Conference champion Beloit College.
The tournament will open with a match between St. Thomas (28-6) and Oshkosh (32-4). Concordia-Moorhead (24-1) and Beloit (21-8) will play at 6 p.m. followed by a match between the Blugolds (28-3) and Carthage College (29-4). Top-seeded Whitewater will meet the St. Thomas-Oshkosh winner at 7 p.m. Friday following a 4:30 p.m. match between Thursday's 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. match winners. The championship match will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Whitewater defeated Eau Claire, 3-1, in the championship match of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament Saturday. The Blugolds have incurred two of their three losses this season to Whitewater, the defending NCAA Division III national champ. The Blugolds' third loss of the season came at the hands of St. Thomas in the finals of the Augsburg Tournament early in the season.
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