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WVOB: The Final Four is Set

The NCAA D3 Women’s Volleyball Championship Tournament is down to four, the Final Four.

After prevailing in yesterday’s quarterfinal round, Ithaca, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Wittenberg, and Calvin came away with victories and will take to the floor in Grand Rapids tonight for a shot at bringing home the championship hardware for 2017.

Ithaca will take on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 5:00pm, and Wittenberg and Calvin are slated for a 7:30pm start. The winners will square off at 7:o0pm on Saturday for the championship.

Below are the results from the round of eight action.


Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 6 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas take a little time to get acclimated to a new match. One set to be exact. For the fourth-straight time, the Athenas dropped the opening set in an NCAA Tournament match before coming from behind to win the match 3-1. On Thursday afternoon, it was the No. 16 Gustavus Adolphus Golden Gusties that took a set off the Athenas but CMS prevailed for a 3-1 (16-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-14) victory in the National Quarterfinals.

The victory advances the Athenas to the National Semifinals for the first time in program history. CMS will face the Ithaca Bombers on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT. The unranked Bombers are coming off a thrilling 3-1 upset of the No. 3 Emory on Tuesday afternoon.

SOURCE: CMS Athletics Press Release


Ithaca

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Ithaca College women’s volleyball team continued its magical 2017 run on Thursday afternoon when it returned to Calvin’s Van Noord Arena for the start of NCAA Quarterfinal Round play. Facing one of the tournament’s favorites in perennial volleyball power No. 7 Emory University, it was the Bombers that shown best and brightest under the lights of the national stage. Ithaca overcame an early deficit to storm past the Eagles in four sets (13-25, 25-17, 26-24, 28-26) to punch its ticket to the NCAA Final Four on Friday evening.

The historic run continues for the Bombers who have now posted their best NCAA Tournament in program history. Thursday’s victory over nationally-ranked Emory has Ithaca set for its first NCAA Final Four appearance since 1995 and third in program history. For the first time in program history, IC has now won four NCAA Tournament matches in one season, as the Bombers’ previous two NCAA Semifinal appearances in 1994 and 1995 came with smaller tournament fields.

SOURCE: Ithaca Athletics Press Release


Wittenberg

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN—Wittenberg women’s volleyball returned to the Elite Eight for the eighth time in school history, as the Tigers squared off against the Swarthmore College Garnets. The Garnets and Tigers had never met prior to Thursday night’s contest, as the National Committee reseeded both programs #1 and #8 respectively. Swarthmore’s road to the Elite Eight included knocking out Randolph-Macon, #10 Carnegie Mellon and #12 Johns Hopkins in NCAA Regional play. Wittenberg’s road to Grand Rapids included knocking off Penn State-Behrend, #19 Juniata and #20 Ohio Northern at the Otterbein Great Lakes Regional. On Thursday, Coach Labrador’s squad battled a scrappy Swarthmore team, but dispatched the Garnet’s in straight sets; 25-15, 29-27 and 25-19. The Tigers trip to the national semifinal is the sixth time that Wittenberg has made the Final Four, and the third time in the last six seasons.

SOURCE: Wittenberg Athletics Press Release


Calvin

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin women’s volleyball team handed Johnson & Wales University its first loss of the season, sweeping the Tigers 25-21, 25-19, 26-24 in the quarterfinal round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Tournament. With the win, the Knights advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament Semifinals where they will face top-seeded Wittenberg University.

Calvin is seeded fifth in the tournament, while JWU was the four-seed. Thursday night’s match marked the first time Calvin and Johnson & Wales have met.

The Wildcats finish their season with a 35-1 overall record. Prior to the match, the Wildcats were the only undefeated team in Division III volleyball. This season marks the first time JWU has made a run in the NCAA Tournament, as the Wildcats earned their first NCAA Tournament win against Elms on November 10. JWU took down Elms, Wesleyan (Conn.) and MIT before meeting the Knights. The Tigers’ quarterfinal appearance is the farthest any JWU athletics team has advanced in school history.

Calvin is making its 27th appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament, including its 14th straight under head coach Dr. Amber Warners. Calvin is 55-25 In the NCAA Tournament, with three national titles, two second-place finishes and two fourth-place finishes.

SOURCE: Calvin Athletics Press Release

 

 

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