The 64-team bracket has been selected and the volleyball national championships are set to get underway Dec. 3 across the nation.
After winning the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, the Kentucky State University Thorobrettes will take on Palm Beach Atlantic on Dec. 3 in West Palm Beach, Fla. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m.
In Palm Beach Atlantic, KSU will be facing a strong challenge. The Sailfish come into the tournament as the top seeded team in the South Region with a record of 26-4 on the season. Palm Beach Atlantic is ranked ninth in the AVCA Coaches' poll, and went 18-2 against conference opponents as a provisional member of the Sunshine State Conference.
Kentucky State reached the tournament for the fourth time in six years with an impressive season of its own. The Thorobrettes rolled through SIAC competition this season, going 19-1 during the regular season, then sweeping through the SIAC Tournament while losing only one set in the process.
The Thorobrettes take a 25-12 overall record into the tournament against the top-seeded Sailfish. Other No. 1 seeds and regional hosts include Wheeling Jesuit, Concordia-St. Paul, Adelphi, Ferris State, Angelo State, South Carolina-Aiken, and Alaska Anchorage.
The Winston-Salem State University Rams (22-7) enter the Atlantic Regional Tournament as the eighth-seed and will take on the top-seeded host Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals (33-4) on December 3rd. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Alma Grace McDonough Center.
The Rams will have their hands full when they take on the Cardinals who are not only the tournament hosts, they are also the top ranked team in the region. The Cardinals will host the tournament for the third season in a row and are coming off of their third straight Mountain East Conference (MEC) Championship.
Though there is a daunting challenge in front of them, the Rams will enter the tournament with strong head of steam after winning 11 of their last 12 matches, including claiming the team's first CIAA championship. The Rams will be the only team from the CIAA at the tournament and will join #4 Edinboro, #5 Clarion, #2 Pitt-Johnstown, and #3 Shippensburg.
The 2015 NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament is scheduled from December 3rd to December 5th.