#SummitVB Championship Gets Underway Friday

#SummitVB Championship Gets Underway Friday

ELMHURST, Ill. –  The Summit League Volleyball Championship will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Denver, Colo. Six teams are vying for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The quarterfinal round will feature No. 4 North Dakota State facing off against No. 5 Omaha at 3 p.m. MT. Following the Bison and Mavericks will be No. 3 South Dakota versus No. 6 Fort Wayne at 6 p.m. MT.

Semifinals start Saturday at 3 p.m. MT with the winner of NDSU/Omaha taking on three-time defending tournament champ and No. 1 Denver. The latter match will feature either the Coyotes or Mastodons against No. 2 Oral Roberts. First serve of that second semifinal match is set for 6 p.m. MT Saturday.

The championship match is slated for Sunday at 2 p.m. MT.

All quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be streamed free of charge here.

Sunday's championship bout will be broadcast on both Altitude.TV and ESPN3. That match can be streamed online here.


For complete coverage of The Summit League Volleyball Championship, visit the official championship website at www.thesummitleague.org/championships.



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Friday, Nov. 17

3 p.m. - Match One: (4) North Dakota State vs. (5) Omaha

6 p.m. - Match Two: (3) South Dakota vs. (6) Fort Wayne

STREAM LIVE: http://www.thesummitleague.org/broadcast/wedlpx


Saturday, Nov. 18

3 p.m. – Match Three: Winner Match 1 vs. (1) Denver

6 p.m. – Match Four: Winner Match 2 vs. (2) Oral Roberts

STREAM LIVE: http://www.thesummitleague.org/broadcast/wedlpx


Sunday, Nov. 19

2 p.m. – Championship Match: Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4 

STREAM LIVE: http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3204547/summit-league-volleyball-championship


All times Mountain

What to Watch For

  • Riding a nine-match win streak to end the regular season, Denver looks to become only the second Summit League team ever to win four-straight tournament titles
  • Over the past three seasons, the Pioneers have posted a .818 (18-4) set winning percentage in the league tournament
  • Denver went undefeated in league play at home in 2017 (7-0)
  • In league play this season, Oral Roberts led all teams in kills/set (14.47), hitting percentage (.276) and assists/set (13.57)
  • Among NCAA DI student-athletes, ORU's Laura Milos is No. 3 in aces/set (0.56) and kills/set (5.31) and No. 5 in total kills (494)
  • South Dakota—2016 regular season champ and tournament runner-up—went 5-2 in league road matches in 2017 (tied for league best)
  • The Coyotes will rely on their defense, which posted team-best dig (1,052) and digs/set (20.23) totals in league matches this season
  • North Dakota State won its last three matches, including a four-set victory over first-round opponent Omaha on Nov. 12
  • NDSU Head Coach Jennifer Lopez—2011 Summit League Setter of the Year, Player of the Year and Tournament MVP—looks to lead the Bison to their first tournament championship since she was on the team
  • Second-ever appearance for Omaha in the league tournament (runner-up in 2015)
  • Fort Wayne in search of its third Summit League Tournament Championship (2009, 2012)
  • Only fifth time since 2000 four teams had a league winning percentage greater than .640


Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.


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