SSAC Volleyball pairings announced, Pack to face Spring Hill in opener

Tue, 11/06/2012

Norcross, Ga. – The Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team will open pool play of the 2012 SSAC Volleyball Tournament on Thursday against Spring Hill College. The match is set for 10 am (CST) at the Multiplex at Cramton Bwol in Montgomery, Alabama.

Loyola (26-7, 7-7 SSAC) will make their third consecutive appearance in the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament since joining the SSAC in 2010. The Pack is currently on an 11-match win-streak, their longest streak since 2002 when the team won 12 in a row.

Freshman Eva Allen and senior Samantha Worsham lead Loyola’s attack. Allen has recorded 252 kills, while Worsham has notched 66 service aces and 1077 assists. Sophomore Becca Burnett is holding down the backcourt with 530 total digs, and junior Sabrina Stansberry leads the team with 89 blocks at the net.

Spring Hill enters Thursday’s matchup 28-4 overall, alongside a spotless 14-0 conference record. The Pack faced the Badgers twice this season, forcing five sets in both matches, before falling in the each of the final sets.

Immediately following the match against the Badgers, Loyola will take on Brenau University. The Golden Tigers swept the Pack in three games at Gainsville, Ga., handing Loyola their second loss of the season after starting the 2012 campaign 8-0. Brenau is 19-10 overall and 7-7 in conference play.

The SSAC Tournament consists of nine teams in three pools.  Loyola, Spring Hill, and Brenau make up Pool A.  Pool B is Lee University, Emmanuel College, and the University of Mobile, and Pool C is Belhaven University, Southern-Wesleyan, and the College of Coastal Georgia.  Six teams will advance from pool play for a single elimination bracket on Friday and Saturday.

The two teams reaching the finals of the tournament will receive automatic bids to the NAIA National Championships.  The opening round of the National Championships will have 24 teams competing at campus sites playing for the right to advance to the National Championship Tournament. The twelve teams advancing from the opening round on Nov. 17 will join the top 11 seeds and host at the final site.  The Championships will run Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in Sioux City, Iowa.

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