Panthers Ranked Eighth In The NCAA Regional Rankings

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The NCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball Committee released the women’s volleyball regional rankings for the first time in the 2013 season yesterday and Florida Tech (14-10, 4-6 SSC) were ranked No. 8.

The Panthers rank eighth in the initial volleyball regional rankings. Top eight earn automatic NCAA seed at season's end. (Florida Tech image)

The Panthers rank eighth in the initial volleyball regional rankings. Top eight earn automatic NCAA seed at season’s end. (Florida Tech image)

The Panthers boast a 6-9 in-region record as of Nov. 6 and have defeated No. 5 ranking Rollins and No. 9 Lynn once this season.

The NCAA South Region is comprised of schools from the Sunshine State Conference, Gulf South Conference and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Division II Independent member and No. 24 nationally-ranked Palm Beach Atlantic (26-3) is also included in the region and ranks No. 3 in the initial poll. The Panthers dropped both contests against the Sailfish, including a five-set thriller at the Clemente Center.

PANTHERS ARE 14-10 THIS SEASON

The NCAA South Region is comprised of schools from the Sunshine State Conference, Gulf South Conference and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Division II Independent member and No. 24 nationally-ranked Palm Beach Atlantic (26-3) is also included in the region and ranks No. 3 in the initial poll. The Panthers dropped both contests against the Sailfish, including a five-set thriller at the Clemente Center.

The University of Tampa sits at No. 1 in the regional ranking with an in-region record of 18-0 and 23-1 overall mark. The Spartans rank No. 2 nationally.

Florida Southern is second with a 13-5 in-region record while fellow SSC member Saint Leo (17-7) ranks No. 4 and Rollins College (19-5) enters at No. 5, going 15-5 in-region. The Panthers defeated Rollins College in their first meeting this season, 3-1.

No. 22 West Florida is sixth in the south region and Eckerd College, Florida Tech, Lynn University and the University of West Georgia round out the top-10 of the regional rankings. FIT defeated Lynn in straight sets in Oct. and head to Boca Raton on Saturday looking for the season sweep over the Fighting Knights.

Following the conclusion of the regular season the top-8 teams in each region will be awarded bids to the NCAA National Tournament for a 64-team field. Each conference represented in a region has one automatic bid which goes to their conference champion while other at-large selections will also be made.


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