INDIANAPOLIS – The Alaska Anchorage volleyball program extended the longest streak of NCAA Tournament berths in program history Monday, earning the No. 7 seed in the upcoming Div. II West Regional Championships as the NCAA unveiled the 64 teams in eight regions who will compete for the 2017 national title.
The Seawolves (19-10) – the defending West Region champs and 2016 NCAA runners-up – will face rival and Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion Western Washington (25-3) in the 2-vs.-7 first-round match on Thursday, Nov. 30, in Riverside, Calif.
The UAA/WWU winner is guaranteed to face another GNAC squad in the semifinals as Northwest Nazarene (24-4) will play Central Washington (19-9) in the 3-vs-6 match. Tournament host and nationally top-ranked California Baptist (28-0) faces No. 8 Sonoma State (20-8), while No. 4 seed Cal State San Bernardino (21-7) and No. 5 Azusa Pacific (22-6) square off on the other side of the bracket.
Semifinals are set for Friday, Dec. 1 and the West Region title match for Saturday, Dec. 2. Start times will be announced later.
Winners of the West and the NCAA’s seven other Div. II regions will advance to the Elite Eight National Quarterfinals in Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 7-9.
With their fifth straight trip to the NCAAs, the Seawolves extend the longest streak in program history and have now qualified for eight of the last nine ‘Big Dances.’ It is UAA’s 10th overall NCAA bid.