November 29, 2012

(Pool Play Bracket)

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Lady Mustangs find themselves in a peculiar situation against Indiana Wesleyan as they enter the final day of pool play in the 2012 NAIA National Championships.

Despite falling in four sets (20-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-27) to Viterbo (La Crosse, Wisconsin) last night, TMC still has a slight chance of advancing to single elimination play.

Since Indiana Wesleyan defeated CSU San Marcos in three sets on Wednesday night, The Lady Mustangs continue to stay alive in their pool. (Current “Pool F” standings seen below.)

Indiana Wesleyan finished their regular season schedule with a sparkling 35-2 record, and is led by Kristine Egebrecht who has claimed 483 kills over the course of the Wildcats’ 37 game season.  Not to be overlooked, Yui Iwase leads IWU in assists as the senior setter has tallied 1,520 assists in her 2012 campaign.

A Mustang victory today against the Wildcats and a Viterbo V-Hawk victory over CSU San Marcos would create a 3-way tie for second place and force a series of tie-breaking sets to be played late tonight. (Tie Breaking Procedure seen below.)

First serve is scheduled at 6:00 PM (PST) at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Follow today’s match live via DakStats Webcast by clicking here.

Current Pool F Standings:

Viterbo                                    2-0
Cal State San Marcos              1-1
Indiana Wesleyan                    1-1
The Master's College                0-2


NAIA Tiebreaker procedure if three teams tie for second with a 1-2 record:

(Taken from the NAIA Volleyball Coaches Manual / 2012-13 / page 19)

The following procedure is to be used only to determine place in pool play and cannot eliminate a team from competition:

  1. Overall match record.
  2. Head-to-head competition
  3. Percentage of sets won of those played among tied teams (total sets won/total sets played).
  4. Percentage of points won in matches played among tied teams (total points won/total points played).
  5. Percentage of total sets won.
  6. Percentage of total points won.
  7. Coin flip.

In the situation where there are three teams tied for second place in the pool, the team judged to be superior by the procedure listed above shall be the bye team. The other two teams shall play one set to 25 points and the winner will play the bye team one set to 25 points. (Two 25 point sets total.)