Snow Volleyball Earns National Tournament Berth

Snow Volleyball Earns National Tournament Berth

EPHRAIM, Utah (November 7, 2018) – For the first time since 1980, the Snow College women’s volleyball team has earned an invitation to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. The Badgers (26-5) learned this afternoon via Twitter that they will enter the tournament as the No. 11 seed, and will take on No. 6 Seward County in the first round of the tournament. The 16-team tournament will be held November 15-17 in Hutchinson, Kan.

“It looks like there is a 100-percent chance of Snow in Hutchinson, Kansas this year,” Snow College head coach Jeff Reynolds said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to receive an invitation to this year’s National Championship tournament. This is such a great opportunity for our players, and an honor for our program.”

According to the final NJCAA National Poll, the Badgers were the highest ranked team to be considered for one of the two at-large selections. Snow spent all 10 weeks ranked in the national polls, including nine straight weeks at No. 8 or higher. During a 19-1 streak earlier in the season, the Badgers actually spent back-to-back weeks ranked No. 4 in the nation, which marked the highest ranking in school history.

“We felt like we were in a good position to earn one of the at-large spots based on how we finished the regular season—winning three out of four matches in three straight sets—and with our national ranking all season,” Reynolds said. “In addition, we play in one of the toughest – if not the toughest – region in the country. But, if you’re not an automatic qualifier, your fate is left up to a committee. Knowing there were only two at-large invitations, and a number of good teams being considered, the past few days have been filled with lots of anticipation.”

Throughout the season, the Badgers spent a total of 10 weeks in the NJCAA National Volleyball Poll, including nine straight weeks ranked No. 8 or higher. As true road warriors, Snow posted a record of 20-4 on the road, including a record of 14-1 at neutral sites. For the second straight season, the Badgers finished the regular season as the top JUCO volleyball program in the state of Utah, posting a 5-1 record against in-state teams. Of the Badgers’ 26 wins this season, 17 came by way of three-set victories, including three of the last four matches Snow played this season. From a national perspective, the Badgers posted a 13-0 record against teams from around the country, including Region 1, Region 8, Region 9, Region 15, and Region 22.

Reynolds said getting to the National Championship has been a goal for the Snow College volleyball program for the past three years, but he said getting to the tournament is not the end goal.

“There have been 37 young ladies who have come through this program over the past three years, including 17 players who are on this year’s roster, who have worked extremely hard to get our program to the point where we can compete and be recognized at the national level,” Reynolds said. “Having the opportunity to play at the NJCAA National Championship Tournament is an honor and privilege, and it’s a tribute to each player who has come through this program, but by no means is it our end goal. We do not plan to be happy or content with an invitation. We see this as an opportunity to get one step closer to reaching our ultimate goal. That goal is now within reach.”

Over the past three season, the Badgers have won a total of 72 games against just 19 losses. Averaging 24.0 wins per season, Snow has won 79.1 percent of their games over that span.

The Badgers will take on Seward County in the first round of the NJCAA National Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 15, beginning at 9 a.m. (CST).