Ferris State To Face SVSU In NCAA Regional
Big Rapids, Mich. - The 2011 Ferris State University women's volleyball team will continue its post-season action as the Bulldogs have earned a berth in this week's NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Women's Volleyball Tournament as announced late Sunday (Nov. 13) evening by the national women's volleyball committee.
Ferris State, which is seeded second overall in the field, will go up against the tourney's number-seven seed Saginaw Valley State this Friday (Nov. 18) in quarterfinal-round action at Jesse Philips Arena in Hillsdale, Mich. It will be the second of four quarterfinal matches at 2:30 p.m. (ET).
Nationally eighth-ranked Hillsdale was chosen as the top seed and will host the regional tournament from Friday to Sunday (Nov. 18-20). Semifinals will take place on Saturday night with the championship match on Sunday.
Tickets will be $10 for adults and $3 for students. Those prices will get those fans into all matches for one day of competition. There will be no weekend passes for sale. Fans who want to attend multiple days of competition will have to buy a new ticket on the second day, and another new one on the third day.
Ferris State will be making its first NCAA-II Regional appearance since 2009 (Nov. 9) when the Bulldogs dropped a 3-0 decision to Lewis (Ill.) to Indianapolis, Ind. FSU's upcoming regional appearance will represent the program's 16th all-time as the Bulldogs have compiled a 7-16 overall record in NCAA Tournament competition.
Ferris State and Saginaw Valley State met twice earlier this season in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action with the Bulldogs beating the Cardinals by identical 3-0 scores both in Big Rapids (Oct. 1) and at University Center (Nov. 2).
Ferris State, which is coached by 16th-year head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm, is presently 26-3 overall this campaign following a 3-0 setback to Hillsdale in the GLIAC Tournament Championship Match held Sunday (Nov. 13) afternoon at the Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids.
FSU captured the 2011 GLIAC North Division Championship this campaign with a 18-1 overall league mark and is presently ranked 12th nationally. SVSU owns a 18-10 record to date after falling to Hillsdale by a 3-1 count in Saturday's (Nov. 12) league tournament semifinals held at FSU.
The winners of each of the 2011 eight regionals will advance to the national finals (Dec. 1-3) which will be conducted on the campus of a participating institution.
Here are the quarterfinal-round pairing for the 2011 NCAA-II Midwest Regional Tournament:
Hosted by Hillsdale – Nov. 18-20
Quarterfinals - Friday, Nov. 18
No. 3 Indianapolis (21-7) vs. No. 6 Southern Indiana (20-10) - - 12 p.m.
No. 2 Ferris State (26-3) vs. No. 7 Saginaw Valley (18-10) - - 2:30 p.m.
No. 4 Northern Kentucky (25-5) vs. No. 5 Lewis (25-5) - - 5 p.m.
No. 1 Hillsdale (27-2) vs. No. 8 Missouri S&T (24-9) - - 7:30 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, Nov. 19
5:00 – 3/6 winner vs. 2/7 winner
7:30 – 1/8 winner vs. 4/5 winner
Championship - Sunday, Nov. 20
4:00 – championship match
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