St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 6, 2017 – The No. 19-ranked and University Athletic Association (UAA) Champions Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team will travel to Illinois Wesleyan University for the 2017 NCAA Division III Regional Round Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 9-11, as announced by the NCAA on Monday.
The Bears open the NCAA Tournament with a rematch of last season's National Championship match against No. 3-ranked Calvin College on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m.
WashU finished the regular season with a 24-9 record and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after clinching its 22nd UAA Championship in program history.
The Bloomington Regional will feature six teams ranked within the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25 poll including: No. 3 Calvin, No. 8 Millikin, No. 11 Illinois Wesleyan, No. 19 WashU, No. 20 Chicago and No. 24 Carthage.
The other first round pairings in the Bloomington Regional are Millikin vs. Greenville (3 p.m.), Concordia (Wis.) vs. Carthage (5:30 p.m.) and Illinois Wesleyan vs. Chicago (8 p.m.).
WashU has won an NCAA Division III record 10 national championships, including most recently in 2009. The Bears are making their 31st consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and are 103-21 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Bears have a 3-2 record against teams within the Bloomington Regional on the season.
The Bears first round opponent, Calvin, enters the tournament with a 26-3 overall record and riding an 18-match win streak. The Knights are the reigning National Champions and earned their 27th NCAA Tournament berth. Calvin earned an automatic bid with a 3-0 victory over Hope in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championship match and is 51-25 all-time in NCAA Tournament history.
Millikin (28-7) enters the tournament as an at-large bid after falling to Carthage in a five setter during the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Championship match. The Big Blue is 3-3 against teams within the Bloomington Regional this season and has a 4-7 record all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
Greenville (26-7) defeated Westminster in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Championship match to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers lone match against Bloomington Regional opponents resulted in a 3-0 loss to WashU. Greenville is making its third straight and fourth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and will seek its first victory against Millikin.
Concordia (Wis.) (28-2) was an automatic qualifier as it defeated Aurora in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Championship match over the weekend. The Falcons previously defeated Carthage in its only matchup against teams within the Bloomington Regional. Concordia earned its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and is 0-1 all-time in postseason play.
Carthage (25-8) punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a 3-2 win over Millikin in the CCIW Championship match. The Lady Reds are 3-2 against teams within the Bloomington Regional. Carthage is making its 11th appearance in NCAA play and it possesses a 17-10 all-time record during NCAAs.
Chicago (23-8) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after placing fourth at the UAA Championship weekend. The Maroons are 2-3 against Bloomington Regional teams this season. Chicago enters its seventh NCAA Tournament and is 3-6 all-time in its previous six appearances.
Illinois Wesleyan (22-7) was selected as an at-large bid and will host the Bloomington Regional. The Titans began the season 0-3 before earning its first victory of the year by beating WashU in a five-setter in the WU Field House. The win helped spark a turnaround as Illinois Wesleyan strung together 11-straight victories. The Titans are 3-2 against teams within the Bloomington Regional this season. Illinois Wesleyan was selected to its fifth NCAA Tournament and possesses a 1-4 record all-time in NCAA Tournament play.