No. 3 Cal Lutheran to host SCIAC championships this weekend
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- For the fourth consecutive year the Regals have earned a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title. Cal Lutheran will serve as the site for the 2013 SCIAC Postseason Tournament semifinal games on Thursday.
No. 3 Cal Lutheran (28-1) earned the right to host the four-team tournament by winning the regular season in undefeated fashion with a 16-0 league record. The Regals will be joined by Pomona-Pitzer, No. 25 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Chapman.
Cal Lutheran is undefeated in Division III matches this year and will host Chapman (17-11) in the second match of the night. The Panthers were defeated six times this year, including twice by both CLU and Occidental and once by CMS and once by PP.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The 2013 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Volleyball Playoffs continue on Thursday with a quartet of teams trying to earn a trip to Saturday's championship match. The top two seeds -- No. 4 St. Thomas (Minn.) and Augsburg -- make their postseason debuts, while No. 7 Saint Benedict (Minn.) and Saint Mary's hope to continue the momentum they generated in Tuesday's quarterfinal wins.
While the conference's regular season co-champion Tommies (26-2) and Auggies (28-3) enjoyed their byes Tuesday, the Blazers (25-2) used their home-court advantage to defeat Hamline (19-13) 3-0, and Saint Mary's (24-8) delivered a decisive road upset, taking down Concordia (19-11) on the Cobbers home floor, also in a 3-0 consecutive-set sweep.
Saint Benedict and Saint Mary's rewards for Tuesday's victories are trips to the Twin Cities to face St. Thomas and Augsburg. The Blazers will take on the Auggies in Minneapolis, while the Cardinals are headed to St. Paul to take on the Tommies for the second time in six days.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Calvin looks forward to the MIAA tournament which will be held at Van Noord Arena with semifinals slated for Friday and the final scheduled for Saturday. Calvin, ranked second in the country, will take on Saint Mary’s in the second semifinal Friday night with No. 1 Hope taking on third-seeded Trine in the first semifinal on Friday
ELMHURST, Ill. -- As the top seed, Elmhurst will face Wheaton on Friday. Millikin will take on Carthage in the first semifinal contest, scheduled for Friday. The championship match will be held on Saturday.
ST. LOUIS -- Washington (Mo.) begins its quest for a 21st University Athletic Association (UAA) title when the Bears take on Brandeis on Friday in Waltham, Mass.
Washington (Mo.) who finished the regular season with a 25-5 record overall and 6-1 in the UAA, is the No. 2 seed in the UAA championship. The Bears face host Brandeis (10-22, 1-6 UAA) in Friday's opening round. Washington U. has a 36-0 record all-time against the Judges, including a 25-14, 25-10, 25-17 sweep at the first UAA Round Robin in Cleveland, Ohio.
Washington U. will then square off against either No. 6-ranked Emory (28-3, 5-2 UAA) or Case Western Reserve (15-15, 2-5 UAA) in a second match Friday. The winners of the two opening-round matches play in the semifinal, while the two first-round losers play.
Emory returns to action next Friday and Saturday when it travels to Waltham, Mass., to compete in the University Athletic Association Championships. The Eagles' opening match will be against Case Western on Friday.
TOWSON, Md. -- In a new format this year, the Landmark semifinals will take place Friday night in advance of Saturday's championship. While the format is new, the host is not. Top-seeded Juniata will host the Landmark championship for the seventh consecutive year while competing for its seventh consecutive Landmark title.
In the first semifinal, Juniata will take on Scranton. The Eagles have not lost to a Landmark team and enter the match 8-0 against the Royals in Landmark history. The two teams have played just once in the tournament when they met for the 2007 title match in Huntingdon.
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's ranked No. 10 in the nation, hosts the Semifinals of the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament on Friday as they take on fourth-seeded Otterbein in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.
The Purple Raiders enter the semifinals with an overall record of 28-4 and 8-1 in the OAC as the Cardinals enter with a 26-6 overall record and 7-2 in the OAC.