Buccaneers Set for MWC Volleyball Tournament
The Beloit College Volleyball team is looking at the third time being the charm as they get ready for the 2010 Midwest Conference Volleyball Tournament, which will be played this weekend at Monmouth College.
The Bucs enter the tourney as the #2 seed for the third straight season. But, unlike the last two tournaments, they want to turn that #2 into a #1 and secure a bid to the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament, which goes to the Tournament Champion.
In each of the last two seasons Beloit has won their semifinal match and advanced to the championship, only to be turned away by #1 seed St. Norbert College on their home court in De Pere. This year is different.
The Buccaneers open against #3 seed Lake Forest College in the first semifinal on Friday (Nov. 5) at 4:30 p.m. Conference Champion and #1 seed Monmouth College plays #4 seed St. Norbert in the second semifinal at 7 p.m. The winners will meet for the NCAA Division III automatic bid on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Beloit fell to Lake Forest 3-0 in Lake Forest way back on Sept. 24 in the MWC opener for both squads. They dropped a 3-1 decision to Monmouth on Oct. 1 in Flood Arena, but haven't lost an MWC match since, including a 3-0 win over St. Norbert in the regular season finale last Saturday in De Pere.
The Bucs secured their spot in the tourney last week with three straight 3-0 wins, over Ripon College, Lawrence University, and St. Norbert, the last two on the road. They head into the tournament with wins in ten of their last 12 matches.