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BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor volleyball team will be making a trip to the NCAA Division III National Championships for the second time in program history. The Cru earned the American Southwest Conference’s automatic bid to the postseason tournament after winning the 2014 ASC Volleyball Championship and will travel to California Lutheran for the regional tournament Nov. 14-16th.

The Cru will play a familiar foe in the First Round of the NCAA Regional, facing Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Friday, Nov. 14th at 3 p.m. (Pacific Time). UMHB fell 3-1 to the Athenas earlier this season. The winner of that match will face the winner of Pacific Lutheran and Colorado College on Saturday, Nov. 15th. This will be the Cru’s second trip to California Lutheran this season. UMHB traveled to Thousand Oaks, Calif. earlier this season, going 2-2 in the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational Sept. 5-6th.

Fourth-year head coach Rob Frost has guided the Cru to a 25-5 record this season. UMHB also made the school’s first appearance in the NCAA Top 25 Poll this season and won its first conference title since 1998.

We’re really excited and thankful to go compete and represent our conference,” Frost said. “We know what to expect as far as the level of play and the atmosphere. Every team there is going to be extremely competitive. That’s what it’s all about.”

The 64-team contest features 44 automatic qualifiers and 20 at-large participants. The Cru will be joined by former opponents California Lutheran and Trinity in the regional. Ticket and broadcast information for the Nov. 14th game will be posted once it becomes available.