Charlotte, NC - For the second time in school history, each of the three Fall sports teams have earned bids to the USCAA National Championship Tournament. The last time each team advanced to postseason play was 2017. The tournaments for each sport are part of USCAA Fall Championships Week, and will take place November 7-11 in Virginia Beach, VA.
The Johnson & Wales volleyball team is looking to defend their Division II national title from 2018, and is seeded #2 in that tournament. The Wildcats finished the regular season at 20-7, and will take on #3 Penn State Fayette (26-3), the Penn State University Athletic Conference champions at 11:30AM, and #6 Great Bay CC (12-2), the Yankee Small College Conference champions at 3:30pm in pool play on Thursday, 11/7. If the Wildcats finish first or second in their pool, they will advance to elimination round play beginning Friday afternoon.
Johnson & Wales grabbed the #3 seed in Women's Soccer, as they return to the National Championships for the first time since 2017. They have been grouped with second seeded SUNY-ESF (11-2), and fellow EMAC member Warren Wilson (7-5-2), the sixth seed in Pool B. The Wildcats defeated Warren Wilson 2-1 back on October 5th, and have not played SUNY-ESF this season. ESF will be the first opponent for JWU on Saturday, 11/9 at 2:30pm. The Wildcats then face Warren Wilson on Sunday at noon. JWU will need to win their pool to advance to the national championship game on Monday, 11/11.
Men's Soccer also earned the #2 seed for the Division II tournament. 3rd seed Berkeley College (NJ) (12-6-1), and 6th seed Penn State-Beaver (13-5) join the Wildcats in Pool B. JWU begins pool play on Friday, November 8th at 4:45pm as they take on PSU-Beaver in a regular season rematch. The Wildcats beat Beaver 3-1 back on 9/7. They will then take on Berkeley (NJ) on Saturday, also at 4:45pm. JWU will need to win their pool to advance to the national championship game on Monday, 11/11.
"I am so very proud of our coaches and athletes for the tremendous work that they do in representing JWU at a national level," commented Johnson & Wales Charlotte Director of Athletics Trudi Lacey.
For info, updates, live stats, and video of the matches, go to uscaafallchampionships.com