Colleges: Lewis to meet Missouri-St. Louis in NCAA Division II Women’s Tournament
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media March 13, 2014 4:54PM
Jess Reinhart and Lewis will open play Friday in the NCAA Division II Tournament. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 15, 2014 6:26AM
Lewis will be surrounded by familiar foes at the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament’s Midwest Regional.
Six of the eight teams in the regional hail from the Great Lakes Valley Conference, marking the second time in three years the GLVC sent six teams to the tourney.
No. 6 Drury (24-3), which won the GLVC regular-season championship, is the host school and the No. 1 seed. The No. 2 seeded Flyers (22-5) will face No. 7 seed Missouri-St. Louis at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the second of two Midwest regional semifinals in the O’Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield, Mo.
Lewis is ranked No. 11 in the latest NCAA Division II Coaches’ Poll.
“The GLVC is a great basketball league, and from top to bottom is extremely competitive,” Lewis coach Lisa Carlsen said. “I think there are eight teams who have a legit shot at the regional title. It should be a great weekend of basketball.”
“A majority of the regional games are going to be against teams we have already played,” Flyers forward Jess Reinhart said. “We already know a lot about the teams and what they like to do. That’s an advantage.”
Lewis beat UMSL 67-60 earlier this year.
Loyola rematch for Flyers
If Lewis is going to challenge for the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship, it will have to go through Loyola (15-1, 8-0).
The second meeting with the No. 1 ranked Ramblers is Tuesday in Chicago. Loyola beat Lewis 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-19 on Feb. 5 in Romeoville.
No. 11 Lewis (12-4, 5-2) came off a 10-day hiatus to sweep Ohio State 25-21, 25-21, 25-20 earlier this week at home.
“Mentally and physically, the team is in a good spot after having 10 days off since our last match,” Lewis coach Dan Friend said. “It took a few points for the team to get in a groove again, but they really didn’t miss a beat from where they left off.”
SXU wins on Senior Night
For the second time in 10 days, the St. Xavier men’s volleyball team beat Cincinnati Christian as outside hitter Justin Cousin had 12 kills in a 25-14, 25-18, 25-15 NAIA Great Lakes Division win.
The Cougars have rallied from an 0-8 start and are 4-12 overall and 4-4 in the Great Lakes Division heading into its Friday’s match vs. visiting Siena Heights (Mich.). It’s the Cougars’ regular-season home finale.