Friday, November 18, 2011

Wittenberg Volleyball, Ohio Wesleyan and Ohio Northern Men's Soccer Play Tonight In NCAA Division III Third Round

Men’s NCAA Division III soccer reaches third round play this weekend, with two AICUO members facing off tonight for a spot in the national quarterfinals.

Ohio Wesleyan hosts Ohio Northern in a third round game beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m., following another third round game between Hope (Mich.) and Luther (Iowa). The winners play in the national quarterfinal on Saturday at 6 p.m. for a spot in the finals next weekend in San Antonio, Texas. Ticket information is

To reach this round, Ohio Northern defeated first Rose-Hulman (Ind.) 2-1, then fellow AICUO member Case Western Reserve 2-0. CWRU had won its first-round game against DePauw (Ind.), 3-0. Ohio Wesleyan was given a first-round bye, then defeated Washington (Mo.) 1-0 in round two.

The other AICUO member to reach the tournament, Baldwin-Wallace, lost its first-round game 2-1 to Oneonta State (N.Y.).

In the women’s NCAA Division III tournament, all AICUO member institutions were eliminated before reaching the third round of play. Capital defeated Alma (Mich.) 1-0 in the first round, but lost its next game to Wheaton (Ill.) 3-0. Case Western Reserve defeated Lebanon Valley 3-0 before losing to SUNY-Cortland 1-0. Following a scoreless regulation and overtime, Ohio Wesleyan lost its first round game on penalty kicks to Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

In NCAA Division III volleyball, Wittenberg plays tonight in St. Louis in a national quarterfinal game against California Lutheran. The Tigers defeated Rose-Hulman (Ind.), AICUO member Heidelberg, and Calvin (Mich.) to reach the final weekend of tournament play.

Beyond Heidelberg, which won its first-round match over Geneva (Wis.) before losing to Wittenberg, other AICUO members in the volleyball tournament included Mount Union, which defeated Lebanon Valley (Pa.) before falling to Juniata (Pa.); Hiram, which defeated Stevenson (Pa.) before being eliminated by Eastern (Pa.); and Otterbein, which dropped its first round match to Hope.

NCAA Division III football playoffs commence Saturday, and the only AICUO member in the field, Mount Union, begins its trek toward its 11th national championship by hosting Benedictine (Ill.) at noon EST.

We'll have details next week on NAIA and other postseason tournaments, along with results of this weekend's NCAA games.