Southern Oregon University head volleyball coach Josh Rohlfing talks with players during a game against Corban at Bob Rheim Arena on Friday. (PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)

Raiders get No. 2 seed at national tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The 10th-ranked Southern Oregon University volleyball team learned its draw for the NAIA National Championship final site Monday, landing in the same pool as No. 7 Viterbo (Wis.).

The last 32 teams standing were sorted by eight pools of four for round-robin play, and the top two teams in each will advance to a single-elimination bracket at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. In Pool G, Viterbo (29-6) is the top seed, Southern Oregon (26-3) is the No. 2 seed, 24th-ranked Jamestown (N.D.) (22-8) is the No. 3 seed and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (28-9) is the No. 4 seed.

The Raiders will play Jamestown at 1 p.m. Pacific Time on Nov. 27, Saint Xavier at 2 p.m. on Nov. 28 and Viterbo at 2 p.m. on Nov. 29. In bracket play, the first round and quarterfinals will be held on Nov. 30, and the semifinals and championship match are scheduled for Dec. 1.

The Raiders have been off since winning the Cascade Conference Tournament championship on Nov. 10, having earned a bye through the NAIA Opening Round. They’re in the national tournament for the first time since 2015, the 10th time overall, and have made it out of pool play once previously - in 2011, when they were among the final 12.

Viterbo, which won the North Star Conference title with a 13-1 record, is in the tournament for the fifth year in a row. The V-Hawks advanced to the national semifinal round in 2014, ‘15 and ‘17.

Jamestown is in the field for the third year in a row after sweeping Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.) in an Opening Round match. The Jimmies are well-tested: They went 10-6 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, which features four top-two seeds at the final site, and have played seven matches against top-25 opponents. They made it out of pool play for the first time last year.

Saint Xavier also had to go through the Opening Round and swept Indiana University Kokomo. The Cougars went 17-1 in the Chicagoland Conference. They’re at the final site for the second year in a row but have never made it out of pool play.

Among other Cascade Conference teams, College of Idaho and Eastern Oregon are both No. 2 seeds in their pools and Corban is a No. 3 seed.

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