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Posted on November 22, 2016

Cal U women's volleyball player ready to pass the incoming ballUPDATE: Dec. 2, 2016  

The women’s volleyball team lost 3-1 to Pitt-Johnstown in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament on Dec. 2, at Wheeling Jesuit University.

The Vulcans finish with a 22-10 overall record. 

Original story

The women’s volleyball team (22-9) has received an at-large bid and the fifth seed in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament, which will take place Dec. 2-4 in the Alma Grace McDonough Center at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.

Cal U will face fourth-seeded Pitt-Johnstown (24-9) in a quarterfinal match on Dec. 2.

If the Vulcans defeat the Mountain Cats, they will advance to a Dec. 3 semifinal match against either Shaw University, of Raleigh, N.C. (22-7), or face the defending national champion, Wheeling Jesuit University (38-2), on Wheeling Jesuit’s home court. 

About the playoffs

The Atlantic Region consists of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), Mountain East Conference (MEC) and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

All three conference tournament champions receive an automatic bid, with the top five remaining teams in the final regional rankings earning at-large bids.

In the other first-round Atlantic Regional quarterfinal games, second-seeded Gannon (30-3) will face seventh-seeded Fairmont State (W.Va.) (21-13), and third-seeded Edinboro (23-8) plays sixth-seeded Shippensburg (26-7).

The winners of each of the NCAA’s eight regional contests will advance to the championship finals Dec. 8-10 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

About the team

Coached by Peter Letourneau, the Cal U volleyball team is making its 15th appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Vulcans advanced to the national quarterfinals three consecutive years, from 2007-2009, and were national semifinalists in 2000.