Pioneers draw Northwestern Ohio in first round of AMC volleyball tournament
Nov. 9, 2009
CEDARVILLE, Ohio - The Point Park University volleyball team will play Northwestern Ohio in the first round of the American Mideast Conference volleyball tournament Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. The pairings for the five-team tournament were released Monday by the league office.
Mt. Vernon Nazarene (33-7 overall, 10-2 AMC) was the regular season runner up and will host the AMC tourney. Regular season champion Shawnee State (30-3, 12-0) received an automatic bid to the NAIA playoffs, and will be joined there by the winner of the conference tournament.
Point Park (30-7, 8-4) drew the No. 4 seed in the five-team playoff field, and the Pioneers will play No. 5 seed Northwestern Ohio (27-12, 8-4) in the first round. The winner of Friday's match will play Mt. Vernon Nazarene in the first semifinal Saturday at 11 a.m.
Saturday's second semifinal features No. 3 seed Walsh (26-8, 8-4) versus No. 2 seed Cedarville (15-21, 8-4). That match begins at 1 p.m.
The AMC championship match is scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m.
With the exception of Mt. Vernon Nazarene, each of the other AMC tournament qualifiers had an 8-4 league record. According to AMC rules, the first tiebreaker is head-to-head competition among the tied teams. Cedarville was awarded the No. 2 seed by virtue of its 3-0 record versus the rest of the group. Each of the other teams, however, was 1-2 versus the group.
The second tiebreaker is percentage of sets won among the tied teams. Point Park, Walsh and Northwestern Ohio each won three sets and lost three sets during the regular season matchups. In fact, all three matches involving those teams ended with a final score of 3-0. Point Park swept Northwestern Ohio, but lost to Walsh, 3-0.
The third tiebreaker is total point differential from the regular season matches. Walsh was awarded the No. 3 seed because it had the greatest point differential versus the two other teams. Point Park is the No. 4 seed because its point differential was slightly better than Northwestern Ohio's.
Point Park will take a 10-match winning streak into the AMC tournament. The Pioneers won their final six conference matches after a 2-4 league start. Point Park is in the AMC tourney for the third time in the last four years. The Pioneers made the conference playoffs for the first time in school history in 2006 and made a return trip in 2007. Point Park missed a third-consecutive postseason berth by one match last year.
In the regular season match versus Northwestern Ohio on Oct. 26, Point Park won by scores of 25-20, 25-16, 26-24. Point Park lost at Mt. Vernon Nazarene Oct. 17 by a score of 3-1. The Pioneers lost at Cedarville, 3-2, on Oct. 2.
Point Park is 0-3 all time in the AMC tournament. The Pioneers lost in the first round in 2006, and lost two matches in pool play in 2007.