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SUNY Canton women’s volleyball team hosting USCAA Nationals

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CANTON — This small St. Lawrence County village, might not seem like the ideal site for a national championship, but it isn’t uncharted waters for SUNY Canton, which will host the 2012 United States Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball National Championship this weekend.

Assistant Athletic Director Matthew Metcalf said the school also hosted the 2008 National Junior College Athletic Association hockey national championship.

The SUNY Canton women’s volleyball team enters the tournament riding a 17-match winning streak with a 24-2 overall record. They are also undefeated on their home court in Roos House.

“SUNY Canton is having an incredible season,” said Mr. Metcalf. “We’ve beaten some tough Division III opponents such as Plattsburgh, St. Lawrence, Houghton, and Oswego.”

Pool play games and elimination round games will be played in both Roos House and Dana Hall. Tickets are $5 per day, kids under ten are free and SUNY Canton students are admitted free with ID.

In their first-ever appearance, the SUNY Canton women are seeded third in the tournament and will be in Pool A. They play their first game against the top seed, Daemen College on Friday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. in Roos House and then against the fifth seed, Carlow University (Pa.) at 2:30 in Roos House. On Saturday SUNY Canton will play two games in the College’s former athletic facility, Dana Hall. The Roos start will start off the day against the University of Cincinnati-Clermont at 10 a.m. and then against Penn College at 2:30 p.m.

Rounding out the field are the Johnson & Wales University, Rochester College, Florida College, Penn State University-Fayette and the New Hampshire Technical Institute.

Mr. Metcalf said he expects a full complement of fans.

“We’re expecting a pretty large crowd at each venue,” he said. “There are nine other teams coming and I think each will bring a large contingent of family and fans.”

The teams will be staying up the road in Ogdensburg, as the Canton Best Western was booked for the weekend.

Immediately after the final pool play games on Saturday, the top four teams in each pool will be re-seeded based on their pool play record. The elimination round begins at both venues at 4 p.m.

On Sunday the championship and consolation games will both be in Roos House. The consolation game is at 2 p.m. and the championship game is at 4 p.m.

Florida College is the defending national champions and are the fourth seed in the this year’s tournament. The Falcons have won eight USCAA national championship since 2000. The only other school in this year’s field that has won a volleyball national championship is Rochester College, who won back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999.

SUNY Canton, Daemen and Carlow are making their first appearences in the USCAA national championship. Johnson and Wales University (N.C.) and New Hampshire Technical Insitute return to the tournament after a three-year absence. Penn College was chosen for the second straight year and Cincinnati-Clermont and Penn State Fayette are perennial participants in the tournament.

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