The Carlow volleyball team is headed to Virginia Beach to compete in the 2017 USCAA National Championship Tournament.
The Celtics drew the fifth seed, the highest the program has ever earned, in the 10-team field.
Florida National, which boasts a 28-5 record, is the tournament’s No. 1 seed. Last year’s runner up, St. Mary of the Woods, drew the second seed and the defending USCAA National Champion, Florida College, drew the third seed.
Other tournament qualifiers are No. 4 Illinois Tech, No. 5 Carlow, No. 6 UC Clermont, No. 7 Johnson and Wales, No. 8 Penn State Brandywine, No. 9 Maine Fort Kent and No. 10 Penn State Fayette.
The Carlow team leaves campus Tuesday, Nov. 7, and has one practice session at the tournament site in Virginia Beach before beginning competition. Pool play takes place on Thursday and Friday.
The Celtics open play against Maine Fort Kent at 12:30pm and Florida National at 3:30pm Thursday. On Friday, they play Illinois Tech at 11am and Penn State Brandywine at 2pm.
Elimination play begins Saturday, with the schedule dependent on pool play results.
Carlow finished the regular season with a 10-20 record, including a 6-3 record in USCAA matches.
The Celtics defeated USCAA opponents Maine Fort Kent, Christendom and Rochester College to win the Penn State Beaver Tip Off Tournament in September. Also in regular-season USCAA play, they had straight set victories against Penn State Beaver and Kent State Tuscarawas and a win over WVU Tech.
Kristina Hudock leads the Celtics offensively. She finished the regular season with 340 kills, bringing her career total to 1,120 kills. The senior from Uniontown, Pa., plays all-around for Carlow, also contributing 325 digs, 301 serve receptions, 15 serving aces and 12 blocks.
Senior libero Mia Marmion is Carlow’s defensive leader. She has tallied 394 digs this year, bringing her career total to 1,314, and 294 serve receptions.
Junior setter Michaela Koran is the facilitator, posting 707 assists this season. She also has 21 serving aces, 19 blocks, 201 digs, and a .321 attack percentage, earning 141 kills on 361 attempts.
Hannah Kaminski (SR/Wexford, Pa.) leads the team in serving aces, with 35. Elizabeth Stadelman (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) had a team-high 53 blocks.