Gulf Coast Athletic Conference announces 2016 Volleyball Championship seedings
NEW ORLEANS (GCAConf.com) – Though the regular season schedule isn’t completed until tonight, team seedings for the 2016 GCAC Volleyball Championship are already locked in.
The tournament runs from Nov. 4 through Nov. 5 at Dent Hall on the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans.
With a 10-1 record against conference foes, Xavier claims its sixth consecutive regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Gold Nuggets (13-16, 10-1) have an opening round bye and will play their first match Friday afternoon at 3 pm. Xavier has won each of the last five tournament titles.
The surprising Talladega Lady Tornadoes claimed the tournament’s second seed with a 9-3 GCAC record. Talladega handed Xavier their only conference loss of the season thus far and is the only team in the conference with an overall winning record. The Lady Tornadoes (18-12, 9-3) will face No. 7 seed Philander Smith (4-19, 0-12) in the opening round Friday at 1 pm.
For the third consecutive season Dillard is the No. 3 seed. The Lady Bleu Devils (15-16, 8-4) will take on sixth-seeded Edward Waters (9-12, 3-9) at 1 pm Friday afternoon. The two teams split their regular season series.
The four-five matchup will pit No. 4 Southern University at New Orleans against No. 5 Tougaloo. After winning their first-ever share of the GCAC regular season championship last season, the Lady Knights took a step back this year after losing most of their core. Tougaloo has a chance to reach .500 in conference play tonight with a win over Xavier. SUNO and Tougaloo will open tournament play at 9 am on Friday.
Full 2016 GCAC Volleyball Championship Schedule
Friday, Nov. 4
Match 1: No. 4 SUNO vs. No. 5 Tougaloo – 9:00 a.m.
Match 2: No. 3 Dillard vs. No. 6 Edward Waters – 11:00 a.m.
Match 3: No. 2 Talladega vs. No. 7 Philander Smith – 1:00 p.m.
Semifinal 1: No. 1 Xavier vs. Winner of Match 1 – 3:00 p.m.
Semifinal 2: Winner of Match 2 vs. Winner of Match 3 – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5
Championship Final: Semifinal winners – 11:00 a.m.
The winner of the tournament will receive the GCAC automatic bid to the 2016 NAIA Volleyball Championship which begins play Nov. 19.
For more information on the GCAC, scores and recaps of the tournament, please visit www.GCAConf.com.