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FRIDAY, NOV. 14 -- FIRST ROUND & QUARTERFINALS

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8 a.m. #9 Midway (Ky.) def. #8 Cincinnati Christian, 3-0
25-19, 25-15, 25-23
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10 a.m. #10 Brescia (Ky.) def. #7 Carlow, 3-1
25-19, 18-25, 25-21, 25-22
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1 p.m. #6 Rio Grande def. #11 Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 3-0
25-7, 25-8, 25-9
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3 p.m. #4 IU Southeast def. #5 IU East, 3-0
29-27, 25-22, 25-23
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5 p.m. #1 Asbury (Ky.) def. #9 Midway (Ky.), 3-0
25-13, 25-13, 25-20
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7 p.m. #2 Point Park def. #10 Brescia (Ky.), 3-0
25-12, 25-14, 25-13
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9 p.m. #3 IU Kokomo def. #6 Rio Grande, 3-0    
25-19, 25-22, 26-24
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SATURDAY, NOV. 15 -- SEMIFINALS & FINALS

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10 a.m. #4 IU Southeast def. #1 Asbury (Ky.), 3-1      
25-16, 16-25, 25-22, 25-23
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12 p.m. #2 Point Park def. #3 IU Kokomo, 3-1     
25-22, 25-21, 21-25, 25-12
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3:30 p.m. #1 Point Park def. #4 IU Southeast, 3-1
25-21, 25-23, 28-30, 25-20
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By Zachary Weiss Point Park Athletic Communications Student Assistant

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The KIAC Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 14-15 at the Point Park University Student Center Gym.

This is the first time Point Park has hosted a volleyball tournament in the Student Center Gym as members of the KIAC, however the Pioneers hosted the AMC Tournament and Unaffiliated Group Championship Match in 2011 on the way to berth in the NAIA Opening Round.

Point Park will enter as the number two seed in the KIAC Tournament and finished 24-15 overall and 8-2 in the KIAC. It earned the second seed over Indiana University Kokomo because when the two teams faced each other Sept. 19, the Pioneers won in five sets.

Admission for fans will be as follows $5 for adults, $3 for students and Free with Point Park Student ID. This price is general admission and admits fans for an entire day for one price.

Here’s a look a the 2014 KIAC Volleyball Tournament Seedings:

1.       Asbury [36-8 overall, 9-1 KIAC]- Asbury won the KIAC regular season championship after defeating Point Park 3-1 on Nov. 1 while handing the Pioneers its lone home loss of the season in the process. Asbury has now won the KIAC regular season title for two consecutive years and now will defend its KIAC Tournament title. Asbury’s coach is the reigning KIAC Coach of the Year JP Rader. Offensively, the Eagles are led by two seniors Allison Rehner and Sarah Sterling, the 2013 KIAC Player of the Year. Rehner had 360 kills on the regular season and Sterling 336. Asbury uses two setters in senior Lindsay Kurz [721 assists] and senior Jessie Bartlow [643 assists]. Defensively, senior Maddie Lewis had a KIAC best 852 digs on the season, while sophomore Hillarie Dyck had 135 total blocks and freshman Kayla Morlan 90 total blocks. Asbury will face the winner of the Cincinnati Christian vs Midway match Friday at 5 p.m.

2.       Point Park [24-15, 8-2 KIAC]- Point Park comes into the KIAC Tournament having lost five of seven matches, with one of the two wins coming by forfeit. It lost its regular season finale Nov. 4 to Shippensburg 3-1. Point Park will either face Carlow or Brescia Friday at 7 p.m. Sophomore Shiloh Simonson leads the Pioneers with 366 kills on the season while freshman Ashley Taylor had 289 kills during the regular season. Point Park also uses two setters with sophomore Emily Meng recording 1,106 assists during the regular season and junior Cara Bradley with 327 assists. Freshman libero Tabea Dalliard led Point Park with 669 digs on the season and junior Keaton Sausman [94 total blocks] and senior Roxanne Grundmeier [91 total blocks] also have been key pieces to the Pioneer defense.

3.       Indiana University Kokomo [24-7, 8-2 KIAC]-IU Kokomo is the three seed and also on Oct. 25 won 3-1 at Asbury handing the Eagles their lone loss of the season. The Cougars have won 52 matches thus far in its two seasons in the KIAC. Freshman outside hitter Lindi Thomas had a team leading 336 kills during the regular season with sophomore outside hitter/right side Micayla Spiedel contributing 293 kills. IU Kokomo also uses a two setter system  with junior Cortney Hanson recording 552 assists during the regular season and freshman Casey Colgate had 368 assists. Senior defensive specialist Lael Larrick currently has a team leading dig total of 381. The Cougars will play the 9 p.m. match against the winner of the Rio Grande-Alice Lloyd match.

4.       Indiana University Southeast [14-18, 7-3 KIAC]-IU Southeast will be seeded fourth overall in the KIAC Tournament. It ended the KIAC portion of its schedule winning three of its last four conference matches. Its first match has already been determined as it will take on IU East in a quarterfinal match at 3 p.m. Friday. Both teams have a 7-3 conference record, however because the Grenadiers a Sept. 20 meeting it will be seeded fourth. Statistically, senior middle hitter Sara Schum had a team leading 333 kills on the season. Setters Meaghen Thompkins [Sr.] and Demi Richardson [Fr.] recorded 582 and 490 assists on the regular season respectively. Senior Stephanie Bradshaw had a team leading 677 digs while sophomore Katie Fischer set the pace with 88 total blocks.

5.       Indiana University East [20-12, 7-3 KIAC]-IU East, which appeared in the NAIA Opening Round last season enters the KIAC Tournament as the fifth seed. It will face IU Southeast at 3 p.m. Friday. Under Abby Niekamp who is coaching her first full season with the Red Wolves, junior outside hitter had a KIAC high 409 regular season kills. Freshman Katelyn Kelly had 749 assists, while Madisen Mangus added 285 assists. Freshman Madison Yoder had 519 digs during the regular season. Freshman Bailey Gates currently has 116 total blocks and sophomore Morgan Steinbrunner 94 total blocks.

6.       Rio Grande [17-17, 6-4 KIAC] -In its first season as member of the KIAC, the Rio Grande volleyball team is seeded sixth. It will face Alice Lloyd Friday at 1 p.m for the right to face IU Kokomo later that night in the quarterfinals. Senior Betsy Schramm had a team high 282 kills during the regular season and four players had 230 kills or more. Sophomore Kayla Briley had 1,085 assists in the regular season, and her average of nine assists per set is a KIAC best. Sophomore Chandler Brown had 725 digs and her six digs per set is also a KIAC best.

7.       Carlow [10-17, 4-6 KIAC]-Carlow will be the fourth seed in the KIAC Tournament. It will play Brescia Friday at 10 a.m. to determine who will play Point Park later Friday night. Junior Carly Bonk led the Celtics with 232 regular season kills. Setters Amanda Knobeloch [Sr.] and Ashley Grooms [Jr.] recorded 344 and 239 assists on the regular season. Junior libero Kelsey Bonk had a total of 390 digs. Junior Amber Bussard and junior Nicolle Driscoll currently have 74 and 73 total blocks respectively.

8.       Cincinnati Christian [12-18, 3-7 KIAC]- Cincinnati Christian is seeded eighth for the KIAC Tournament. It will face ninth seeded Midway at 8 a.m. Friday with a quarterfinal match against Asbury on the line. Sophomore Mallory Morris had 316 regular season kills to lead the Eagles. Sophomore Ellie Abel recorded 638 assists, while sophomore Jaelyn Jester added 168 assists. Freshman Kayla Weber led Cincinnati Christian with 367 digs.

9.       Midway [6-24, 2-8 KIAC- Midway will be the ninth seed in the KIAC Tournament and will face the eighth seed, Cincinnati Christian at 8 a.m. Friday with the chance to face top seeded Asbury in the quarterfinals. Junior ShaKyra Young led Midway with 232 regular season kills and 88 total blocks. Senior Shelby Mattingly recorded 465 assists and sophomore Molly O’Bryan had 275 regular season assists. Libero Emily Castleman had 374 digs in the regular season.

10.   Brescia [6-22, 1-9 KIAC]- Brescia is the 10th seed in the KIAC Tournament and will face Carlow Friday at 10 a.m with a quarterfinal against Point Park awaiting the winner. Freshman Alisha McBride led the Bearcats in regular season kills with 268 and 101 total blocks. Her 1.1 blocks per set were a KIAC best. Senior Kayla Rothrock had 511 assists and junior Paige Mingus had 173 assists. Senior Sydney Seyffarth had a team high 364 digs.

11.   Alice Lloyd [3-17, 0-10 KIAC]- Alice Lloyd will be seeded 11th in the KIAC Tournament and faces Rio Grande Friday at 1 p.m. with the winner facing IU Kokomo Friday night. Sophomore Macy Allen led Alice Lloyd with 99 regular season kills. Sophomore Courtney Hodge had 109 regular season assists and senior Katie McFarland compiled 147 digs.