LEBANON, Tenn. - Cumberland women's volleyball finished in fifth in the Mid-South Conference standings and are set for opening round match against 12-seed Pikeville next Thursday in Bowling Green.
The Phoenix will turnaround and play Pikeville again after finishing the regular season against the Bears. Cumberland finished the regular season with their best record in program history at 27-9 and an 11-5 MSC record. The Bears are the last seed posting just two conference wins all season. CU swept Pikeville on the road on Friday.
The winner will advance to the quarterfinals to take on Campbellsville at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday at Ephram White. The semifinals will be played on Friday and Championship will be held on Saturday. The semifinals and finals matches will be played at Bowling Green High School.
Life (Ga.) is the top seed in the 2021 Mid-South Conference Women’s Volleyball Tournament, conference officials announced on Saturday with the release of the tournament bracket.
Life earned the top-seed in the 12-team tournament after winning the regular season title with a 16-0 conference record. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (21-5, 13-3 MSC), Thomas More (Ky.) (25-5, 13-3 MSC) and Campbellsville all earned a bye into the quarterfinals. Lindsey Wilson earned the second seed over Thomas More by having the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Tournament action gets underway on Thursday at 10 a.m. CT with eighth-seeded Shawnee State (Ohio) (16-12, 5-11 MSC) taking on No. 9 seed Bethel (Tenn.) (10-14, 3-13 MSC). The winner of will face top-seeded Life at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday.
No. 7 seed Tennessee Southern (22-11, 7-9 MSC) battles 10th-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) (7-20, 3-13 MSC) at 12:30 p.m. CT. The winner will advance to face No. 2 seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (21-5, 13-3 MSC) in the quarterfinals at 5:30 p.m. CT.
Sixth-seeded Cumberlands (Ky.) (19-10, 9-7 MSC) faces 11th-seeded Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (9-18, 2-14 MSC) at 12:30 p.m. CT. Thomas More (Ky.) (25-5, 13-3 MSC) will face the winner at 5:30 p.m. CT.
The semifinals are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT and 8 p.m. CT on Nov. 12 with the championship taking place at 5 p.m. CT on Nov. 12
Seeding for the tournament is based on the team's conference winning percentage throughout the 2021 regular season. Bethel earned the No. 9 seed over Georgetown due to having the head-to-head. Freed-Hardeman earned the 11th seed over Pikeville by having the head-to-head.