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SIOUX CITY | The teams and Opening Round pairings for the 2017 NAIA Volleyball National Championship have been released. The 44-team event will get underway with 12 National Championship Opening Round matches at campus locations on Nov. 18.

The top 19 seeds and championship host Morningside automatically advance to the national championship final site in Sioux City.

Five GPAC teams qualified among the top 19 seeds, the most qualifiers of any conference. Defending national champion and GPAC regular season and tournament champion Hastings leads the way. Tournament runner-up Dordt, Midland, Northwestern and Morningside round out the tournament selections.

Twenty-seven programs are back from the 2016 tournament. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is undefeated and the No. 1 overall team.

Action inside the Tyson Events Center starts with three days of pool play from Nov. 28–30. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the elimination bracket on Dec. 1, and the national champion will be crowned Dec. 2.

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