Semifinalists Determined in PVL, Men’s Open Divisions
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 27, 2013) – The Premier Volleyball League (PVL) and Men’s Open Division concluded their third day of competition Monday during the USA Volleyball Open National Championships being held in Louisville, Ky.
The four PVL second round pool winners advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals with Team Iowa Ice, Dream Team NCVA, Team Florida Wave and Pioneer Mayhem earning spots. Team Iowa Ice faces Pioneer Mayhem in one semifinal, while Team Florida Wave challenges Dream Team NCVA.
Pool 1 was as close as could be with all three teams finishing with 1-1 records and 4-4 set ratio, By the thinnest of margins, Team Iowa Ice earned the group’s top spot to move into the semifinals with a 1.09 to 1.04 point ratio advantage over defending PVL champions Hoosier Exterminators. In the 2012 PVL championship match, Hoosier Exterminators defeated Team Iowa Ice. However, Team Iowa Ice won the opening match of the group over Hoosier Exterminators 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 25-20 before falling to Great Plains Tornados in four sets. Finishing third in Pool 3 was Great Plains Tornados.
The champion of Pool 2 came down to the last point of the group as Dream Team NCVA rallied to defeat TNT of North Texas 20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23, 17-15 to move on to the semifinals. NCVA held two match points with a 14-12 lead in the fifth set before TNT rallied for three unanswered points to take a 15-14 advantage. Dream Team NCVA responded with a 3-0 run of its own to take the victory. TNT had won its five previous matches in the tournament.
Team Florida Wave won Pool 3 in the second round with sweeps over Arizona Sizzle (25-21, 25-16, 25-17) and Badger Blizzards (25-22, 25-23, 25-13).
Host region Pioneer Mayhem won Pool 4 in the second round with victories over Puget Sound Premier (25-14, 25-22, 25-21) and Team Great Lakes (28-30, 25-20, 25-15, 25-21).
In the Men’s Open Division, Team Florida Wave and EuroHaus have advanced to the semifinals winner’s bracket after winning quarterfinal matches on Monday. Both teams are undefeated in the tournament. Team Florida Wave topped defending champion Lights Out (Great Lakes) 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20 to reach the semifinals. EuroHaus (Canada) edged LVC (Iroquois Empire) 24-26, 25-23, 30-28, 21-25, 15-10 to move into the semifinals.
Team Florida Wave has yet to lose a match in six tournament matches. The squad has not swept a single match and was pushed to five sets on two occasions. Meanwhile, EuroHaus is 5-0 in the event.
In the Men’s Open Division loser’s bracket, Team Pineapple (Hoosier) and Lights Out are still in contention for the title and will meet at 9:30 a.m. with the loser being eliminated. Lights Out defeated Team Pineapple 20-25, 26-24, 19-25, 26-24, 15-11 in the play-in to the quarterfinal match on Monday.
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PVL Second Round Results
Team Iowa Ice def. Hoosier Exterminators 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 25-20
Great Plains Tornados def. Team Iowa Ice 25-20, 10-25, 26-24, 32-30
Hoosier Exterminators def. Great Plains Tornados 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-13
TNT def. Team New England 25-21, 25-14, 30-28
Dream Team NCVA def. Team New England 25-12, 25-18, 25-11
Dream Team NCVA def. TNT 20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23, 17-15
Team Florida Wave def. Arizona Sizzle 25-21, 25-16, 25-17
Badger Blizzards def. Arizona Sizzle 24-26, 25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 15-13
Team Florida Wave def. Badger Blizzards 25-22, 25-23, 25-13
Pioneer Mayhem def. Puget Sound Premier 25-14, 25-22, 25-21
Team Great Lakes def. Puget Sound Premier 28-30, 25-20, 25-15, 25-21
Pioneer Mayhem def. Team Great Lakes 25-16, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21
Men’s Open Division Gold Winner’s Bracket
Lights Out def. Team Pineapple 20-25, 26-24, 19-25, 26-24, 15-11
LVC def. OCVC Chacarrons 20-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-20
Team Florida Wave def. Lights Out 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20
EuroHaus def. LVC 24-26, 25-23, 30-28, 21-225, 15-10
Men’s Open Division Gold Loser’s Bracket
Team Pineapple def. LVC 25-19, 25-21, 25-22
Lights Out def. OCVC Chacarrons 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-20