NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Field Announced

4/6/2009

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PARKVILLE, Mo. - The 2009 NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Tournament field of qualifiers is in place.

The tournament, which begins April 16 in Parkville, Mo., features six NAIA men's volleyball teams, including defending champion and host institution Park University.

The Pirates earned the No. 5 seed in the tournament with a record of 22-7 after defeating Johnson and Wales in three sets during the MAMVIC West Tournament's consolation round.

Six-time champion California Baptist University earned the tournament's top seed by finishing No. 1 in the final NAIA Top 10 Coaches Poll of the season. The Lancers were 22-7 in the regular season and have won 13 of their last 15 matches.

Lindenwood University is the No. 2 seed in the tournament after winning both the regular-season and tournament titles in the MAMVIC West. The Lions were 10-0 in conference play and 34-3 overall.

Cardinal Stritch University, who won the regular-season in the MAMVIC East, is the No. 3 seed after storming through the East division's tournament. The Wolves enter the tournament at 25-4.

Hope International will appear in the tournament as the No. 4 seed at 15-8, and the Royals enter the event after one of their biggest wins in program history. HIU defeated California Baptist in five sets Saturday, beating the Lancers for the first time in 24 tries.

Johnson and Wales claimed the last spot in the tournament as the No. 6 seed at 14-11 on the season. The Wildcats fell to Park in the MAMVIC West consolation match Saturday after beating Missouri Valley in the tournament quarterfinals.

JWU also lost to Lindenwood in the MAMVIC West semifinals.

To follow the 2009 NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Tournament, fans can watch live video of every match at www.park.edu/sportslive, and live statistics will also be available to track each point of the tournament at www.parkathletics.com/livestats.

For more information on the 2009 tournament at Park University's Breckon Sports Center, visit the tournament home page by logging onto the men's volleyball home page and clicking on the tournament logo (right side of the page) at www.parkathletics.com (http://www.parkathletics.com) .

2009 Tournament Schedule
Thursday, April 16 (Pool Play)
(2) Lindenwood vs. (5) Park (Pool B), 10 a.m.
(1) California Baptist vs. (6) Johnson & Wales (Pool A), 12:30 p.m.
(2) Lindenwood vs. (4) Hope International (Pool B), 4:30 p.m.
(1) California Baptist vs. (3) Cardinal Stritch (Pool A), 7 p.m.

Friday, April 17 (Pool Play)
(4) Hope International vs. (5) Park (Pool B), 10 a.m.
(3) Cardinal Stritch vs. (6) Johnson & Wales (Pool A), 12:30 p.m.

Friday, April 17 (Semifinals)
Pool A No. 1 vs. Pool B No. 2, 4:30 p.m.
Pool B No. 1 vs. Pool A No. 2, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 18 (Championship)
Championship Match, 7 p.m.

Article courtesy of NAIA athletics.

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