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No. 17 Express Volleyball Opens NJCAA D-II Nationals Against No. 4 Kirkwood College
 November 6, 2012

By Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information

Toledo, OH---The NJCAA released the pairings for the NJCAA D-II National Volleyball Tournament today, and the No. 17 Express earned the #12 seed and will open against the #5 seed Kirkwood College at 3 p.m. on Nov. 15.

On Oct. 18, the Express met No. 4 Kirkwood (37-8) in the Kishwaukee Invitational and fell in a close, five set match, 21-25, 25-21, 11-25, 25-18, 11-15.

In that match, Molly Hilfinger had 41 assists, while Alyssa Meis (20) and Dakia Sellers (14) led the Express in kills. Lisa Urbanski led the team in digs with 31, although four others had at least 10 digs.

Brittany Ambler (16) and Courtney Busch (15) led Kirkwood in kills, while Lexi Litts had 49 assists. Cali Beyer had 20 digs to lead Kirkwood in that category.

Should the Express advance past Kirkwood, they would meet the winner of No. 9 Iowa Central, the #4 seed, and No. 18 Monroe College (NY), the #13 seed at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15.

The tournament semifinals will be held Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m., while the national championship match will be held on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, the tournament is double elimination, although you can't lose in order to win the national championship. All matches will be held at Owens Community College in the Student Health and Activities Center.

All tournament information can be found at the official website - http://www.owensexpress.com/sports/wvball/njcaavolleyballtournament

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