Carthage Earns At-Large Berth for Final Molten Division III Men’s Invitational Volleyball Championship
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2011) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and USA Volleyball (USAV), in conjunction with Molten U.S.A., Inc., are pleased to announce Carthage College (22-10) as the Midwest/West Region at-large representative for the four-team 2011 Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship. This year's tournament will be held April 15-16 at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y.
Carthage will join the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Division III regular season champion, which will be determined in a head-to-head match-up between Springfield College and New York University on April 6. In addition, North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Tournament runner-up Baruch College (34-14) will represent the NECVA in this year's Molten field, as the NECVA Tournament champion, Nazareth (29-3), is already participating as the Molten host.
The tournament begins on April 15 with semifinal matches at 5 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET. The consolation match will be played on April 16 at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the championship at 8 p.m. ET. All four matches will have live video streaming and stats provided on Nazareth athletics' Molten Championship web page. The seeding for the tournament will be announced on Monday, April 11.
Carthage, winner of the recent Midwest-III conference tournament, will make its fourth appearance in the event, highlighted by second-place finishes in 2007 and 2005. Nazareth will look to build upon its fourth-place finish last year in making its second Molten appearance. Baruch has earned its first-ever berth into the Molten Championship.
The Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship, in its 15th and final year, was formed due to a need for a culminating event for NCAA Division III men's volleyball. However, a vote at the NCAA Convention in January has given NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball its own NCAA Championship, with the first event being conducted in April 2012.
The determination of the at-large representative was made by the Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship committee on April 4 based on the established tournament criteria.
The Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship selection committee consists of Doug Beal (USA Volleyball chief executive officer); Kathy DeBoer (AVCA executive director); Ivan Marquez (EIVA commissioner); Bob Newcomb (UC Irvine/at-large representative); Stuart Robinson (SUNY New Paltz athletics director/NECVA representative), Dan Harris (Milwaukee School of Engineering athletics director/midwest-west representative), John Kosty (Stanford men's head coach/AVCA Board of Directors representative) and Jerry Matacotta (NECVA representative).
Molten U.S.A., Inc. is the "Official Volleyball of the Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship." Sports Imports is the "Official Net System Supplier of the Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship." Mizuno USA is the "Official Apparel & Shoe Sponsor of the Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship."
Tournament History with Final Placing:
2010: 1. Springfield; 2. UC Santa Cruz; 3. Carthage; 4. Nazareth (hosted by Carthage)
2009: 1. Juniata; 2. Stevens; 3. UC Santa Cruz; 4. Ramapo (hosted by Ramapo)
2008: 1. Springfield; 2. Vassar; 3. UC Santa Cruz; 4. Juniata (hosted by Springfield)
2007: 1. Juniata; 2. Carthage; 3. Springfield; 4. Stevens (hosted by Juniata)
2006: 1. Juniata; 2. UC Santa Cruz; 3. Stevens; 4. Rivier (hosted by Stevens)
2005: 1. Juniata; 2. Carthage; 3. Stevens; 4. Medaille (hosted by Stevens)
2004: 1. Juniata; 2. Medaille; 3. UC Santa Cruz; 4. Eastern Mennonite (hosted by Eastern Mennonite)
2003: 1. Springfield; 2. Juniata; 3. La Verne; 4. Stevens (hosted by Juniata)
2002: 1. Springfield; 2. La Verne; 3. NYU; 4. Lehman (hosted by NYU)
2001: 1. Springfield; 2. D'Youville; 3. Clarke; 4. Vassar (hosted by Springfield)
2000: 1. UC San Diego; 2. NYU; 3. D'Youville; 4. Stevens (hosted by Stevens)
1999: 1. La Verne; 2. D'Youville; 3. Clarke; 4. Juniata (hosted by Clarke)
1998: 1. Juniata; 2. La Verne; 3. Springfield; 4. Eastern Mennonite (hosted by Springfield)
1997: 1. Springfield; 2. NJIT; 3. Juniata; 4. UC San Diego (hosted by Juniata)