St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 11, 2013 – The No. 11-ranked Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team will begin the 2013 NCAA Division III Tournament by traveling to Elmhurst, Ill., to play in the NCAA Regional hosted by Elmhurst College, Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 14-16, as announced Monday morning by the NCAA selection committee.
Washington U., who finished the regular season with a 26-7 record, faces University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the opening round at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The other three regional quarterfinal matchups Thursday feature No. 2 Hope College against Webster University at 12:30, No. 25 DePauw University against No. 18 Otterbein University at 3, and No. 5 Elmhurst against Dominican University (Ill.) at 8.
Washington University has won an NCAA Division III record 10 national championships, including most recently in 2009. The Bears are making their 27th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and are 93-17 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, which is the second-most wins in NCAA Division III history behind Juniata College's 97 victories. Washington U. received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament after finishing fourth at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Saturday.
Washington U.'s quarterfinal opponent, Wisconsin-Whitewater (27-11), earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament by finishing as the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) tournament runner-up. Washington U. battled to a 20-25, 25-18, 25-20, 24-26, 16-14 win at UW-Whitewater Oct. 11. The Warhawks are making their 26th NCAA Tournament appearance with an all-time record of 45-24 (.652). Wisconsin-Whitewater has advanced to the NCAA Semifinal eight times in school history, including winning National Championships in 2002 and 2005.
Hope (29-2) received an at-large bid to the tournament after being edged by No. 2 Calvin College 25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 15-25, 12-15 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) tournament championship. The Flying Dutch defeated Washington U. 25-10, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19 when the two teams played Sept. 13 at the Wittenberg Fall Classic. Hope is making its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance, including sixth in a row, with an all-time record of 11-10 (.524) and a third-place finish in 2009.
Webster (26-8) swept Principia College 25-12, 25-13, 25-20 to win its third straight St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) title and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Washington University earned a 25-16, 25-14, 23-25, 25-16 win over the Gorloks in the season opener Aug. 30. Webster is making its seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament, with a 0-6 record in the previous six appearances.
DePauw (26-6) finished third in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) tournament and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Washington U. swept the Tigers 25-23, 25-19, 25-12 at the UW-Whitewater Invite III Oct. 12. DePauw is making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and first since 2000. The Tigers are 0-3 in their three previous appearances.
Otterbein (26-7) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling to No. 10 Mount Union 13-25, 22-25, 20-25 in the semifinal of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) tournament. The Cardinals are making their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Otterbein is 0-3 in its previous trips to the tournament.
Dominican (24-9) swept top-seeded Edgewood College 25-17, 25-19, 25-20 to claim the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) title and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Stars are making their third trip to the tournament in the past four years, and are 0-2 in their previous two appearances.
Host Elmhurst (35-4) secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by defeating Millikin University 25-19, 25-11, 21-25, 25-18 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) tournament championship. The Bluejays rallied for a 25-20, 14-25, 25-19, 19-25, 18-16 win at Washington U. Sept. 28. Elmhurst is making its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance after advancing to the NCAA Semifinal in 2012. The Bluejays are 25-15 (.625) all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including winning the National Championship in 1983 and 1985.