BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – It was "Selection Monday" for the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Soccer and Volleyball Championships and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) came away very well-represented in the brackets.
The MIAC's three automatic qualifiers – Gustavus Adolphus volleyball, St. Thomas women's soccer, and Carleton men's soccer – all punched their tickets to the "Big Dance" this past Saturday by winning each of their respective MIAC Playoff tournaments. On Monday, those teams learned their NCAA opponents, while six other MIAC programs received the good news that their seasons would continue as well. Augsburg, Saint Benedict, and St. Thomas each received at-large bids to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament, while the men's soccer teams from Augsburg, Gustavus, and St. Thomas landed spots in the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament.
Gustavus Adolphus College was selected as a host site for the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Regional for the first time ever and will welcome seven other squads - including three from the MIAC - to St. Peter, Minn. for the eight-team regional Friday through Sunday. The MIAC champion Gusties (27-2) will take on the UMAC's Minn.-Morris (21-11) in the opening round, while MIAC Playoff runner-up Saint Benedict (24-7) will challenge Pacific Lutheran (21-3). St. Thomas (25-8) will matchup with Wis.-Eau Claire (29-3) and Augsburg (22-8) will meet Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (26-3) in the lower half of the pod. The opening round is set to begin on Friday, November 9 with second round matches scheduled for Saturday and the regional title match set for Sunday. Match times are yet to be determined.
Four MIAC teams are also headed to the Men's Soccer Tournament. MIAC Playoff Champion Carleton (15-1-3) will take on Transylvania (8-4-6) at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 with the winner set to take on host, Chicago (15-2-1). Sunday's contest would be played at 5:00 p.m. as well. Regular season MIAC champ Gustavus (14-3-1) will meet Dominican (14-5-1) in Decorah, Iowa, while St. Thomas (14-3-2) will host Pacific Lutheran (13-5-2) at 11 a.m. followed by Augsburg (12-3-4) challenging Wis.-Superior (18-2-1) at 1:30 p.m. at South Field on the campus of UST on Saturday. Victories by the Tommies and Auggies would result in a 1:00 p.m. showdown between the two at St. Thomas on Sunday. With a win over Dominican, the Gusties would take on the winner of the Luther versus Knox match in the second round on Sunday. Match times for the Luther pod have not been determined yet.
Fresh off the first MIAC Playoff title in program history, the St. Thomas women's soccer team will represent the Conference in the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament. The Tommies (18-2-0) will head to La Crosse, Wis. and face Knox (13-4-4). Game time will be determined later today.
Fans can use the NCAA's interactive brackets to track the progress of each tournament (links below), and they can also follow the action on the MIAC scoreboard or the MIAC mobile app, which is a free download on both the iTunes and Google Play stores. The MIAC scoreboard and app will include links to follow each game live, as well as scores, stats, recaps, and photos.