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Lindsey Wilson Volleyball Dives Into NAIA Pool Play on Tuesday

Lindsey WilsonCOLUMBIA, Ky. – Lindsey Wilson College volleyball breaks new ground on Tuesday, competing in pool play at the NAIA National Championship final site in Sioux City, Iowa for the first time in program history.

The Blue Raiders (29-12) are in one of six four-team pools competing in round-robin format on Nov. 27-29 at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena. Joining them in Pool D is Biola (Calif.) (27-4), Lee (Tenn.) (28-9) and Missouri Baptist (34-3).

On Tuesday, Lindsey Wilson opens up with Biola at 1 p.m. CT, followed by Lee at 3:15 on Wednesday and Missouri Baptist at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

The top-two teams from each pool advance to a single-elimination bracket on Nov. 30, with the championship match scheduled for 8 p.m. on Dec. 1. While there is no live video of pool play produced by the NAIA, all bracket matches are being streamed by NeuLion at WatchNAIA.com.

Lindsey Wilson advanced to the final site by winning its first match in NAIA postseason play, sweeping Grand View (Iowa) at home on Nov. 17. The Blue Raiders are one of four teams advancing to pool play for the first time (Cal State San Marcos, Indiana East, Viterbo).

While the Blue Raiders are making just their second trip to nationals (2011, 2012), the rest of their pool are veterans. Biola is making its 12th trip, followed by Lee with 11 appearances and Missouri Baptist qualifying for fifth time.

Of the group, Biola had had the most success at the final site, finishing as national runner-up twice.

Lindsey Wilson played Lee early in the season, losing 3-0 on the road, but will be facing Biola and Missouri Baptist for the first time.

The Biola Eagles are led by senior Christine Douglas with 343 kills at a .288 percentage, while also coming up with 46 blocks. As a team, the Eagles are hitting .294 while limiting opponent to just a .122 mark.

Leading the way for the Flames of Lee University is 6-1 junior Irene Ojukwu with 456 kills, good for nearly 3.5 per set. Lee is potent on the attack as well, hitting .278 as a team while its opponents manage just .145.

The Missouri Baptist Spartans get most of their offense from 6-0 Maddy Hammack. The junior has amassed 496 kills at a .259 clip. Not a one-dimensional player, Hammack also has 269 digs and 58 blocks.

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