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May 29 Semis Set in PVL Mens Open Near Finalized

By Bill Kauffman | May 29, 2012, midnight (ET)

Bill Kauffman
USA Volleyball Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (May 28, 2012) – The Premier Volleyball League (PVL) division competing in the USA Volleyball Open National Championships has established its semifinals pairs, while the Men’s Open Division has one finalist pegged in the event being held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The semifinal and final Premier Volleyball League and the remaining matches in the double-elimination Men's Open Division will take place Tuesday, while the second wave the USAV Open National Championships starts on Wednesday. To follow the tournament schedule and results, click here.

In the PVL, each side of the quarterfinal bracket mirrored each other with two three set matches opposed to two five-set matches. Hoosier Exterminators entered the quarterfinals as the top seed and handed No. 8 Team Great Lakes a 25-20, 25-18, 25-20 loss Monday afternoon. Meanwhile, No. 4 seed North Texas slid past No. 5 seed Arizona Sizzle 25-22, 25-19, 25-23.

In the bottom half of the PVL quarterfinal bracket, No. 3 seed Utah Unity rallied from two sets down to defeat No. 6 seed Team Florida WAVE 21-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-15, 15-10 Monday evening. No. 2 Team Iowa Ice went up two sets over No. 7 Dream Team NCVA, but needed to hold on for a 26-24, 25-22, 21-25, 19-25, 15-12 victory.

Both PVL semifinal matches will be played at 10 a.m. MT with Hoosier Terminators meeting Team North Texas and Utah Unity hosting Team Iowa Ice.

The PVL is a grassroots professional league built around the foundation of USA Volleyball’s 40 regions. A total of 12 regions have placed a team in the PVL bracket. Regions competing for the $20,000 prize purse include Arizona (Arizona Sizzle), Northern California (Dream Team NCVA), Great Lakes (Team Great Lakes), Hoosier (Exterminators), Puget Sound (Puget Sound), Evergreen (Team Evergreen), Florida (Team Florida WAVE), Iowa (Iowa Ice), New England (Team New England), North Texas (Team North Texas), Intermountain (Utah Unity) and Western Empire (Western Empire). For additional information on the league, visit usapvl.com.

Hoosier Exterminators are undefeated in the tournament over six matches, having dropped only four sets. Utah Unity’s only loss is a five-set contest to Hoosier Exterminators in the final Pool A match played Monday morning. Team Iowa Ice remains undefeated in six matches, despite losing the first set in three of its five pool matches. Team North Texas entered the tournament as the sixth seed, but ended pool play 4-1 and earning the No. 4 seed in the quarterfinal round.

Lights Out, competing out of the Great Lakes Region, upset Paul Mitchell 25-23, 25-16, 25-22 in the semifinal round to advance to the double-elimination gold-medal match. In the bottom half of the bracket, No. 3 seed 2nd City Premier of the Great Lakes Region downed No. 2 seed Hustle and Flow of the Garden Empire 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 on Monday afternoon. No. 6 Team GoNation from the New England Region topped No. 1 seed Guaynabo Mets 22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22 on Monday afternoon.

The winner of 2nd City/Premier and Team GoNation on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. MT will battle Paul Mitchell at 1 p.m. MT for the right to advance to the championship match against Lights Out.

Despite not competing in the USA Volleyball Open National Championships in 2010 and 2011, Paul Mitchell has won seven of the Men’s Open Division titles this century and eight overall Open championships since 1994. Team Paul Mitchell has also secured five silver medals in the Open Division since winning its first championship in 1994.

During the preliminary round, Guaynabo Mets earned the top seed into the gold bracket after finishing 4-1 in Pool 1. However, it lost its next two playoff matches to drop out of contention. Meanwhile, Lights Out and Paul Mitchell were 3-2 in Pool 1 and were seeded No. 5 and No. 4 into the playoffs, respectively. Hustle and Flow went 4-0 in Pool 2 before losing its first two playoff matches, while 2nd City/Premier went 3-1 and Team GoNation 2-2.

Earlier in the USA Volleyball Open National Championships, Special Olympics crowned three division winners on Sunday. Wisconsin Badpack defeated Oregon Underdogs 24-26, 25-17, 15-12 to win the Division I gold medal, while Texas Spikers topped Utah Dynostars 25-18, 25-21 to earn the bronze medal. In Division II, Tennessee Chill blanked Georgia Tigers 25-19, 25-20 in the gold-medal match, while Arizona Outlaws downed Utah Spikers 25-20, 25-4 in the bronze-medal match. In the Project Unify Division, Rhode Island East Greenwich scored a 25-13, 23-25, 15-3 victory over North Carolina Eagles to win the gold medal, while Arizona Cougars defeated Arizona Coconino Panthers 25-13, 25-17 in the bronze-medal match. The Unify Division was made up of six teams using high school age players.

USA Volleyball Open National Championships (First Wave)
Men’s Open (11 teams): May 26-29
Premier Volleyball League (12 Women’s teams): May 26-29
BB Men (45 teams): May 26-29
BB Women (39 teams): May 26-29
B Men (39 teams): May 26-29
B Women (29 teams): May 26-29
45s Men (10 teams): May 26-29
45s Women (11 teams): May 26-29
55s Men (20 teams): May 26-29
55s Women (12 teams): May 26-29
65s Men (11 teams): May 26-29
65s Women (5 teams): May 26-29
73s Men (5 teams): May 27-29
Special Olympics Division I: Gold – Wisconsin Badpack; Silver – Oregon Underdogs; Bronze – Texas Spikers
Special Olympics Division II: Gold – Tennessee Chill; Silver – Georgia Tigers; Bronze – Arizona Outlaw
Special Olympics Project Unify Division: Gold – Rhode Island East Greenwich; Silver – North Carolina Eagles; Bronze – Arizona Cougars

USA Volleyball Open National Championships (Second Wave)
AA Men (19 teams): May 30-June 2
AA Women (9 teams): May 30-June 2
A Men (19 teams): May 30-June 2
A Women (19 teams): May 30-June 2
40s Men (5 teams): May 30-June 2
40s Women (7 teams): May 30-June 2
50s Men (26 teams): May 30-June 2
50s Women (16 teams): May 30-June 2
60s Men (23 teams): May 30-June 2
60s Women (23 teams): May 30-June 2
70s Men (8 teams): May 30-June 2
Co-ed Regular BB/B (6 teams): May 30-May 31
Co-ed Reverse BB/B (5 teams): June 1-2
U-Volley Women (5-9 and shorter, 6 teams): May 30-31
U-Volley Men (6-1 and shorter, 6 teams): May 30-31

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