INDIANAPOLIS — Berry College has been selected as one of eight institutions to serve as a host site for the opening rounds of the 2018 NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament, the NCAA announced on Monday.
The Vikings will host the eight-team regional beginning on Friday, Nov. 9 and running through Sunday, Nov. 11. The winner of the Mount Berry Regional will advance to the eight-team NCAA Division III National Championship in Pittsburgh from Nov. 15-17.
No. 17-ranked Berry will serve as the top-seed this weekend and face eighth-seeded Rose-Hulman to open competition on Friday at 8:00 p.m. in the Cage Center. Berry will also welcome No. 11 Emory, Meredith, No. 4 Colorado College, Washington & Lee, No. 21 Birmingham-Southern and No. 23 Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Berry will enter the NCAA tournament for the second season in a row and the fourth time in program history. The Vikings advanced to the regional finals last season, falling to Emory University in straight sets in Atlanta. Berry received the automatic bid this year by virtue of their 3-0 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) championship victory over Birmingham-Southern yesterday afternoon.
The Vikings enter the tournament with a 25-3 overall record and a six match winning streak. Berry will look to keep their hot streak alive in the Cage Center, where the team has won 28-straight matches. The Vikings went 13-1 in SAA play, earning three major awards from the conference including a Player of the Year honor for junior Emily Hancock, a Defensive Player of the Year honor for freshman Laura Beier and head coach Caitlyn Moriarty's second-straight SAA Coach of the Year award.
Rose-Hulman heads back to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 2011 under the direction of first-year head coach Rachel Sellari. The Fightin' Engineers punched their ticket to the NCAA Division III Tournament with a 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-17 victory at Transylvania University on Sunday.
Rose-Hulman stands 19-12 overall and tied a school record with seven HCAC wins and a 7-2 league record this season.
Berry and Rose-Hulman have the identical record against three common opponents this season. Both teams defeated Transylvania and Birmingham-Southern, and both teams lost to Hope.
The tournament schedule can be viewed below.
Friday, Nov. 9
- Match 1 @ 12:30 PM - #2 Emory vs. #7 Meredith
- Match 2 @ 3:00 PM - #3 Colorado College vs. #6 Wash. & Lee
- Match 3 @ 5:30 PM - #4 BSC vs. #5 Mary Hardin-Baylor
- Match 4 @ 8:00 PM - #1 Berry vs. #8 Rose-Hulman
Saturday, Nov. 10
- Match 5 @ 2:30 PM – Winner M1 vs. Winner M2
- Match 6 @ 5:00 PM – Winner M3 vs. Winner M4
Sunday, Nov. 11
- Match 7 @ 2:00 PM – Winner M5 vs. Winner M6