ABILENE, Texas - Two of McMurry University’s fall sports – men’s soccer and volleyball - have found out their opponents for the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Central Region Tournaments, which begin this week. The War Hawks’ men’s soccer team will be hitting the road, while volleyball will be the host for their NCCAA tourney.
It will be a case of déjà vu for McM head coach Tyler Tarango and the men’s soccer team (8-5-3), as it makes its first NCCAA post-season appearance since 2012. McMurry will travel to Mid-America Christian University (12-5-2) in Oklahoma City, Okla., for its first-round game on Wednesday (Nov. 15/2 p.m.). The War Hawks are the No. 3-seed and MACU the No. 2-seed. No. 1-seed Southwestern Christian College (16-5) faces No. 4-seed Central Christian College (10-8-1) in the other game.
Ironically, McM will be playing on the exact same field where it won that 2012 NCCAA Central Region title, going on to finish sixth in the nation. In a further twist, Tarango was an NCCAA All-American player on that team, hoping now to lead his current War Hawks’ unit to a similar – and even better – finish in 2017.
McMurry’s Kimbrell Arena will – for the second time in the past four years – play host to the NCCAA Central Region volleyball tournament. It will also mark the sixth-consecutive year – in as many years as an NCCAA member – in which the McMurry volleyball time has qualified for the post-season event.
The NCCAA Central Region volleyball tourney – a round-robin, three-team format - will run Friday and Saturday (Nov. 17-18). Top seed Southwestern Assemblies of God will face No. 3-seed Southwestern Christian College at 5 p.m. on Friday, followed No. 2-seed McMurry versus SWC at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the War Hawks face SAGU at noon, with the “if necessary” game scheduled for 3 p.m. to determine the NCCAA Central Region champion.
McM head coach Cammie Petree enters the NCCAA post-season needing just two more wins to reach the coveted 400-victories plateau for her 22-year career at McMurry.
-Information provided by McMurry Athletics
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