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Two Rose-Hulman Teams Make the Nationals

November 8, 2011

Volleyball Inside  
   

The fall sports season has extended another week -- or hopefully more -- for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's volleyball and men's soccer teams after earning berths in the NCAA Division III tournaments.  It is the first NCAA postseason appearance for the volleyball team, while the soccer team is playing in the national tournament for the second time in four years.

This marks the first time that two teams have qualified for NCAA tournaments in the same portion of the athletic season.

The volleyball team faces nationally ranked Wittenberg University (Ohio) on Thursday at 3 p.m. in a regional tournament at Calvin College (Mich.).

Meanwhile, the men's soccer team will face off against No. 9-ranked Ohio Northern University in a match being played at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m.

Both teams are on a roll heading into their tournaments.  The volleyball team brings a six-match winning streak into Thursday's action, and has established single-season school records for wins (24) and winning percentage in a year that featured the first conference regular-season title in program history.  Coach Brenda Goble's squad won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament in three sets over Bluffton University on Sunday.

The men's soccer team enters the national tournament on a school-record 11-match winning streak.  The team, coached by Sean Helliwell, stands 16-5 this fall and captured the HCAC tournament championship with a 5-1 victory over Earlham College last Saturday.

                Follow news about both teams on Rose-Hulman's athletics website at http://www.rose-hulman.edu/athletics.aspx.