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2003 NCAA Central Region Tournament - General Information

Location: UW-La Crosse (La Crosse, Wisconsin) - Driving Directions
Arena: Mitchell Hall (Full Campus Map)
Dates: November 13-15
Tickets: $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students


2003 NCAA Central Region Tournament - Team Information
#1 UW-La Crosse Eagles (31-5)Volleyball Website | Roster | Schedule & Results | Statistics |
 

How They Got There: Won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament (WIAC) Championship for the first time in school history. They beat UW-River Falls 3-0 (30-21, 30-17, 30-28) in the championship match.

UW-L (31-5) was led by Elissa Hansen with 15 and Laura Wagner with 14 kills in the victory over UW-River Falls. Tanya Foldy had 42 assists for the Eagles while Rachel Ask had a team-leading 17 digs. The Eagles, ranked 12th in the country, finished with a .272 hitting percentage.

The Falcons, ranked eighth in the AVCA, were led by Krystle Brune's 16 kills and Erin Oberholtzer's 35 assists. Molly Schock had a team-leading 15 digs. UW-River Falls (35-5), despite the Championship loss, received the #2 seed in the region.

UW-L advanced to the championship match with a 3-2 (30-13, 35-37, 25-30, 30-25, 15-9) semifinal win over ninth-ranked UW-Whitewater Friday night. Lindsey Johnson led the Eagles with 19 kills while Foldy recorded 55 assists and Annalee Erdmann 23 digs.

The Eagles will be making their ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 1998. UW-L advanced to the semifinals in 1985 and 1986.
 

#2 UW-River Falls Falcons (34-5) - Volleyball Website | Roster | Schedule & Results | Statistics |
 

How They Got There: Selected as an at-large team by the NCAA selection committee. They lost in the championship match of the WIAC tournament to UW-La Crosse 3-0 (30-21, 30-17, 30-28).

In the championship match, Krystle Brune slammed 16 kills to lead the Falcons. Melissa Tvrdik had 10. Erin Oberholtzer dished out 35 assists. Molly Schock and Logan Kiesch shared most of the digging duties with 15 and 14 digs respectively.
 

#3 UW-Whitewater Warhawks (27-9) - Volleyball Website | Roster | Schedule & Results | Statistics |
 

How They Got There: Selected as an at-large team by the NCAA selection committee. They lost in the semifinals of the WIAC tournament to UW-La Crosse 3-2 (30-13, 35-37, 25-30, 30-25, 15-9).

It will be the twelfth consecutive season that the Warhawks have participated in the NCAA III tournament.  In the past three seasons, UW-Whitewater has won the national championship (2002) and been the runnerup twice (2000 and 2001).
 

#4 Elmhurst (IL) College Bluejays (29-10) - Volleyball Website | Roster | Schedule & Results | Statistics |
 

How They Got There: The Bluejays earned their fourth consecutive trip to the tournament by capturing the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship, also for the fourth straight year.

Lisa Denman powered the Bluejays with a 15-kill, 14-dig performance. Becky Puccini pounded down 11 kills and tallied seven blocks while Nicole Carlson added 11 kills, 13 digs and two aces in the win. Carly Bearwald added 10 kills and two aces while Katie Bequette led the team in digs with 26. Regina Morrone led the team in assists with 32 while Christy Barone added 22. Johanna Anderson added four blocks in the win.

The trip to UW-LaCrosse marks the 11th time the Bluejays have participated in the NCAA Tournament. Elmhurst was defeated by UW-Whitewater 3-0 in the regional final last year. The Bluejays were NCAA Champions in 1983 and 1985 and finished as runner-up in 1987.
 

#5 Concordia College Cobbers (25-7) - Volleyball Website | Roster | Schedule & Results | Statistics |
 

How They Got There: The Cobbers advanced to the NCAA tournament by winning the MIAC tournament championship against Carleton on Saturday night.

Concordia swept both matches in the conference tournament and have won their last 7 matches and 12 of their last 13. They have also swept six of their last seven matches.

Concordia will be making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since the 1996 season when they lost in the first round to
St. Olaf. Overall, it is the program's third appearance in the NCAA postseason tournament. The only other appearance was in 1995 when they lost to the University of Dubuque (IA) in the first round.
 

#6 Lakeland (WI) College Muskies (21-15) - Volleyball Website | Roster | Schedule & Results | Statistics |
 

How They Got There: Lakeland defeated Marian 3-0 (30-13, 30-20, 30-28) in the Lake Michigan Conference (LMC) championship at Lakeland. Key Players for the Muskies were Resi Ertler with 15 kills, 14 digs, 5 blocks, and 2 aces; Melissa Braaksma with 10 kills, 5 blocks, and 5 digs; and Monica Draeger with 12 kills and 6 blocks.

It is the second straight NCAA appearance for the Muskies, who have won the LMC title the past three seasons. They have won 20-plus matches the past six seasons

2003 NCAA Central Region Tournament - Bracket
 
 
#1 UW-La Crosse (31-5) 3
#5 Concordia College (26-7) 3 Friday, Nov. 14 7:00pm #1 UW-La Crosse (32-5)
Thursday, Nov. 13 4:30pm #5 Concordia College (27-7) 1
#4 Elmhurst College (IL) (29-10) 1
Saturday, Nov. 15 7:00pm _______________________
#6 Lakeland College (WI) (21-15) 2
REGIONAL CHAMPION
Thursday, Nov. 13 7:00pm #3 UW-Whitewater (28-9) 1
#3 UW-Whitewater (27-9) 3 Friday, Nov. 14 4:30pm #2 UW-River Falls (35-5)
#2 UW-River Falls (34-5) 3

 


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