UWF Volleyball Selected to Participate in the National Tournament

first_img Nov. 12, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Argonauts are the third seed in the South Central region of the National Division II Volleyball field of 64. West Florida (32-6) will travel to Kirksville, Missouri for a Thursday 12:00 match vs. the 6th seed Central Missouri (30-6). Truman State (34-5) is the host and the top seed in the region, and they will play the 8th seed Albany State (21-14).If West Florida were to win the first round match against Central Missouri, they would play the winner of the West Georgia (27-11) vs. Washburn (34-3) match. Washburn is the #2 seed, while West Georgia is the 7th seed. West Georgia is coming off a Gulf South Conference championship match victory vs. the Argos. The other match in the region is the #4 seed Emporia State vs. #5 seed Pittsburg State.West Florida has a 4-1 record vs. the other teams in the region, with a win over Emporia State in Pensacola earlier this year, and a win over Pittsburg State in Joplin, Missouri. West Florida also defeated West Georgia twice in the regular season, before losing to the Wolves in the conference tournament championship game.Last year, the Argos lost to Central Missouri twice, with the second match taking place in the second round of the NCAA tournament. That match went the full five games, and the Argos had a couple chances to win, and finally lost the fifth game by a 19-17 score. West Florida was the 6th seed last year, and defeated Washburn (3rd Seed) in the first round 3-0, before bowing out in the exciting five game match vs. the 2nd seeded Central Missouri team. This year’s first round match is a rematch on the very same court as last year’s regional classic. Central Missouri is coming off a first round loss in their conference tournament to Pittsburg State by a 3-0 score. The Jennies are making their 25th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and are ranked 8th in the nation. West Florida is currently ranked 24th in the nation. Central Missouri is led by Seniors Jillian Ohrman and Amber Yoder, who have combined for nearly 900 kills. Meanwhile, the Argos are led by GSC East Division player of the year Luciana Rapach, and first team All-GSC selections Madeline Gonzalez and Isabela Gualberto.Gonzalez has already set the single season assist record and currently has 1562 assists, while Rapach and Gualberto are both hitting above .300 for the season in attack percentage. In addition, second team All-GSC selection Kimberly Clark has over 300 kills and 300 digs, as Outside Hitter. Defensive specialist Jerica Carter is now the Argos all-time leader in digs, and is currently second all time for service aces. West Florida hopes to have a handful of aces to throw at Central Missouri on Thursday, as the NCAA tournament gets underway. Print Friendly Version UWF Volleyball Selected to Participate in the National Tournament Sharelast_img read more