Womens Volleyball

National Bound For Thunder Volleyball

Manhattan, Kan.

The field of eight has finally been announced for the upcoming 2021-22 NCCAA DII Volleyball National Championships taking place in Kissimmee, Florida November 18-20. Head coach Lauren Sanders and the Lady Thunder found out that they had been selected as an at-large bid. Earning the #2 overall seed gives them the top spot in pool B, with #3 Dallas Christian, #6 Pensacola Christian College and #7 Johnson University (Florida).

“We had a great season, with solid wins over NAIA teams and teams within our region, giving us a high-power rating, which turned into the #2 overall seed. We are pleased with this spot, but know the target is on us. We are excited to be back at Nationals and continue working towards our goal of a National Championship,” stated Coach Sanders.

MCC will open up pool play, Thursday November 18, at 1:00 pm EST against the host #7 Johnson University Florida. Pool play will continue on Friday where the Lady Thunder will see two Region Champion teams; first #6 Pensacola Christian, winners of the South Region and then will end pool play against the Southwest Region Champions, #3 Dallas Christian College.

 Coach Sanders has this to say about the pool team play, “We are excited for our pool, playing Johnson FL and Pensacola first, two teams we have not played. Johnson Is very scrappy on defense and Pensacola has a balance offense. A rematch with Dallas will be exciting but will be the third time playing them this season, they are playing great volleyball! We know one thing that at Nationals, anything can happen! We will take it one match at a time and will need to play our best volleyball during each match to advance out of pool play!”

The top two teams with the best record at the end of pool play will then move on to the Semifinal games on Saturday, November 20 at 10:00 am EST. The Championship match will be at 5:00 pm EST.

Pool A team consisted of at-large bid and #1 overall seed Bob Jones University, as well as Mideast Region Champion #4 Johnson University (Tennessee), #5 Faith Baptist Bible College who received an at-large bid and finally #8 Maranatha Baptist University, winners of the North Region.

While down in Florida, the student-athletes will all participate in caring for at-risk kids, prison inmates and the homeless. Along with that they will be donating toys and socks for kids and adults. For more information check out the NCCAA Website.

All games will be streamed live on the NCCAA Network, as well as live stats.