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11.14.13 | Women's Volleyball

Volleyball Advances to HAAC Final

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The No. 3 seeded Baker University volleyball team will travel to Olathe, Kan., this Saturday Nov. 16 to take on No. 1 seeded MidAmerica Nazarene for the HAAC Championship at 6 p.m.

The Wildcats enter the match 23-8 overall, while MNU comes into the match with a 25-2 overall record and went through the HAAC season unblemished not losing to a HAAC opponent this season.

Baker defeated No. 6 Peru State at home in the first round of the tournament 25-16, 27-25, 25-15 on Nov. 9. Jasmyn Turner led the team with 16 kills, while Renata Dill recorded 22 digs.

The Wildcats then defeated No. 2 seeded Evangel on the road on Nov. 13 in the HAAC semifinals, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-10 to advance to the championship round.

Crystal Simon and Danielle French each had 17 kills, while Dill had 26 digs and Hannah Bettge recorded 20.

The Pioneers hosted No. 8 seeded Missouri Valley in the first round and won in straight sets 25-16, 25-20, 25-19. Then MNU defeated No. 4 seeded Benedictine at home 25-23, 25-23, 25-19 to advance to the final

The Wildcats and Pioneers last met on Oct. 15 in Collins Gym in one of the most exciting matches in the NAIA this season.

The Pioneers came away with a victory in a hostile environment, 22-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-14, 17-15. French and Shannon McCarty each recorded 12 kills, while Dill and Bettge had 21 digs.

If the Wildcats come out with a win on Saturday, it would be the squad's first HAAC tournament title under head coach Kathy Allen.

The team would also earn a spot in the NAIA Women's Volleyball National Tournament, with opening rounds taking place Saturday Nov. 23.

Pool play for the National Tournament final site will be in Sioux City, Iowa from Dec. 3-7. The national tournament field and opening rounds will be announced Monday, Nov. 18.

The match will be featured live online with Live Stats and Live Video at www.bakerwildcats.com. Live stats will be carried free, but MNU will have a $5 fee to watch the live video feed.

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