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Volleyball - Tue, Nov. 22, 2016
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The Union College volleyball team is in Pool C of the 2016 NAIA National Championship, the national office announced on Sunday.

The Bulldogs (33-9 overall) advanced to the final site of the national tournament by defeating Cornerstone (Mich.) 3-2 on Saturday in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. Union is one of 12 opening round winners and will join the 19 teams that received an opening round bye and host Morningside (Iowa) to form the 32-team field.

The Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa, will serve as the venue for the ninth-straight national championship from Nov. 29-Dec. 3 with the championship match slotted for Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. CST and will be broadcast live on ESPN3 for the third time. 

Union is in a pool with three teams ranked in the final NAIA regular-season poll. Joining Union in the pool are Hastings (Neb.), Missouri Baptist and Jamestown (N.D.). All three received byes to the final site. Hastings enters the tournament ranked No. 3 and owns an overall record of 26-3. Missouri Baptist is 28-8 overall record and is ranked 14th, while Jamestown sits 19th nationally and owns a 25-12 record.

The Bulldogs are making their first-ever trip to the final site of the NAIA Volleyball National Championship. For more information on the tournament, click here.

Here is a look at each of Union's opponents:


Hastings College
Great Plains Athletic Conference
Hastings, Neb.
Mascot:Broncos
Overall Record (Conference Record):26-3 (14-2)
NAIA Ranking: 3
Head Coach (Career Record):Matt Buttermore (121-43)
How qualified for national tournament:GPAC regular-season champion
Statistical Leaders:
Kills -
Hitting Percentage -
Blocks -

Assists -
Digs -
Service Aces -

Logan Drueppel - 288
Logan Drueppel - 0.433
Logan Drueppel - 168.0
Katie Placke - 585
Jill Bax - 409
Emily Filsinger - 43
 

Missouri Baptist University
American Midwest Conference
St. Louis, Mo.
Mascot:Spartans
Overall Record (Conference Record):28-8 (11-1)
NAIA Ranking: 14
Head Coach (Career Record):Chris Nichols (132-24)
How qualified for national tournament:At-Large No. 3
Statistical Leaders:
Kills -
Hitting Percentage -
Blocks -

Assists -
Digs -
Service Aces -

Mallory Dillon - 525
Kristina Medanovic - 0.399
Caterina Cigarini - 98.0
Megan Huffman - 1,263
Natalie Germaud - 516
Cigarini & Dillon - 44
 

University of Jamestown
North Star Athletic Association
Hastings, Neb.
Mascot:Jimmies
Overall Record (Conference Record):25-12 (13-3)
NAIA Ranking: 19
Head Coach (Career Record):Jon Hegerle (209-95)
How qualified for national tournament:At-Large No. 5
Statistical Leaders:
Kills -
Hitting Percentage -
Blocks -

Assists -
Digs -
Service Aces -

Morgan Hensch - 373
Haley Glasoe - 0.325
Haley Glasoe - 187.0
Aubrey Beaumont - 851
Nicole Warren - 751
Whitney King - 41