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Flames eliminated in Silver bracket playoffs (video added)

April 15, 2017  |  Kansas City, Mo. 

Flames junior outside hitter Gene Dejesus spikes off a set from sophomore Kaden Knepper in an ECVA South Play Date match played Feb. 11 at Liberty. (Photo by Jessie Rogers) test test test test
Flames junior outside hitter Gene Dejesus spikes off a set from sophomore Kaden Knepper in an ECVA South Play Date match played Feb. 11 at Liberty. (Photo by Jessie Rogers)

Both of Liberty University's men's volleyball teams were knocked out in the first round of Saturday's Silver bracket playoffs at the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) Championships in Kansas City, Mo.

The Flames DI team's postseason run came to a sudden end with a 22-25, 25-21, 15-11 setback against Utah Valley in the opener of the Silver Consolation bracket. Liberty, which entered the 48-team tournament seeded 16th coming off its second-place showing at the East Coast Championships, finished 3-5 at nationals.

Air Force, which eliminated Virginia Tech in the semifinals, wound up defeating Utah Valley in the Silver Consolation final, 25-23, 19-25, 15-13. Three of the teams that defeated Liberty in pool play and crossover matches went on to finish in the top five of the Gold bracket. Marquette placed third, and Indiana and Illinois tied for fifth.

"Seven of the top eight teams were from the Midwest," Liberty Head Coach Bryan Rigg said, noting that Penn State and Pittsburgh were the only two East Coast teams (down from five last year) to advance to the Gold bracket, where they tied for ninth. "We knew from playing in the Hoosier-Illini Classic that the Midwest region would be the strongest in the country this year."

Meanwhile, Liberty's DII squad, seeded 12th in the Division III field, was eliminated by Minnesota in its Silver bracket opener, 25-21, 25-18, and finished 4-4 for the three-day event. Pittsburgh, which defeated Minnesota, 25-21, 24-26, 15-10, in the semifinals, went on to edge out Ohio State in the Silver Bracket final, 23-25, 25-13, 25-11.

Complete results are available online.

Flames' DI, DII teams in silver bracket for playoffs


After opening Friday's action in the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) National Championships in Kansas City, Mo., with a 25-19, 25-22 win over ECVA Atlantic Central Tournament champion JMU, Liberty University's Division I men's volleyball team was swept in crossover matches the rest of the day to fall into the Silver Consolation bracket for Saturday's playoffs.

The Flames, who went 2-1 in Thursday's pool play, slipped to 3-4 for the tournament after losing back-to-back-to-back matches to top-seeded Marquette (25-14, 25-20), Illinois (25-15, 25-21), and Northern Illinois (25-21, 32-30), a team it had lost to at the Hoosier-Illini Classic. Liberty dropped from the 16th seed entering the tournament to the 22nd seed out of 48 teams and will face Utah Valley in Saturday's Silver Consolation bracket opener at 12:45 p.m. (EST)

With a win, Liberty would face the winner of another quarterfinal match between California-Berkeley and California State-Sacramento in the semis at 3:15 p.m. with the final scheduled for 5:45 p.m.

Liberty's Division II team, ranked 12th coming into nationals, had the exact opposite results as the Flames' DI squad. After going 1-2 in Thursday's Division III pool play, Liberty lost Friday's opener to Southern California in a tight three-game match, 25-23, 21-25, 15-9, before bouncing back to sweep matches against Kansas State (25-17, 25-14), Indiana (25-23, 25-19), and Michigan (25-19, 25-15) to improve to 4-3 and advance to the Silver bracket. The Flames will also play their first match Saturday at 12:45 p.m. against an opponent to be determined, with the winner taking on the winner between Florida State and Pittsburgh at 3:15 p.m. 

Complete results are available online.

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at ECVA South Championships

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at Randolph Macon
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