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ONU Looks To Pair WVB Tourney Title With Regular-Season Crown

by | Apr 5, 2021 | RRSN News, Volleyball | 0 comments

ONU Looks To Pair WVB Tourney Title With Regular-Season Crown

CHICAGO — After coming up just one match short of a perfect regular season, Olivet Nazarene University enters the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball Tournament as the team to beat when the eight-team field begins play on Tuesday night.

Among others receiving votes in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Poll, the Tigers’ lone blemish in 18 matches this year came against Trinity International University on March 9 when the Trojans claimed an 18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 15-11 decision at home.  TIU (17-8) enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed and would not meet Olivet Nazarene again until the title match on Saturday.  They will each have to defeat a pair of teams before that scenario could play out.

Both Olivet Nazarene and Trinity International will open with home matches as will No. 2 seed Trinity Christian College (16-7) and No. 4 Indiana University South Bend (12-5) on Tuesday.  The rest of the field is made up of No. 5 St. Ambrose University (17-8), No. 6 Cardinal Stritch University (12-6), No. 7 Judson University (16-11) and No. 8 University of St. Francis (13-12).

The tournament continues on Thursday at the sites of the two highest remaining seeds with the championship match set for Saturday.

Should Olivet Nazarene also capture the CCAC Tournament, the tournament runner-up will earn the conference’s second automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.  Olivet Nazarene claimed the first bid by winning the regular season.

The complete tournament schedule follows:

Tuesday, April 6 – First Round
• Match #1: No. 8 St. Francis (13-12) at No. 1 Olivet Nazarene (17-1) — 7 pm CT
• Match #2: No. 5 St. Ambrose (17-8) at No. 4 Indiana South Bend (12-5) — 6 pm CT
• Match #3: No. 7 Judson (16-11) at No. 2 Trinity Christian (16-7) — 7 pm CT
• Match #4: No. 6 Cardinal Stritch (12-6) at No. 3 Trinity International (17-8) — 7 pm CT

Thursday, April 8 – Semifinal Round
• Match #5: Winner-Match #1 vs. Winner-Match #2 — TBA (at site of highest remaining seed)
• Match #6: Winner-Match #3 vs. Winner-Match #4 — TBA (at site of highest remaining seed)

Saturday, April 10 – Championship
• Match #7: Winner-Match #5 vs. Winner-Match #6 — TBA (at site of highest remaining seed)