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Women’s Volleyball Team Competes in Summit League

Fort Wayne competes against IUPUI Nov. 1.

Photo credit: Aaron Suozzi

Fort Wayne competes against IUPUI Nov. 1.
Written by: Communicator StaffNovember 10, 2016

Fort Wayne Mastodons women’s volleyball team will be traveling to Denver, Colo., Nov. 16 for the Summit League Championship.

The championship will be held in the Hamilton Gymnasium at the University of Denver Nov. 18-20.

This is the last guaranteed match of their season in which they are 12-15, according to gomastodons.com.

If the Fort Wayne Mastodons win the Summit League Championship, they will have automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

“Our season has been pretty successful,” said Jasmine Fullove, assistant coach. “The team has been really diligent in practice and it’s translating into matches.”

The team has been primarily focusing on specific skill work and strategy to prepare for the Summit League Championship, Fullove said.

“In addition, we will watch game film of our opponent just to get an idea of what they do in matches, but we spend most of our time focusing on our skill and game plan,” Fullove said.

Other teams competing in the 2016 championship are the Denver Pioneers, IUPUI Jaguars, North Dakota State Bison, Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, South Dakota State Jack Rabbits, Omaha Mavericks, South Dakota Coyotes and Western Illinois Fighting Leathernecks.

IPFW has already played every one of these teams twice this season in regular play, but the teams will be harder to beat in the championship, Fullove said.

“All of the teams will play harder, be more disciplined, and will have their own game plans against us,” Fullove said. “Our team needs to head into every match ready for a fight.”

The matches begin  5 p.m. Nov. 18, and the winning match will be  2 p.m. Nov. 20. The winner of the Summit League Championship will automatically advance to the NCAA Tournament Dec. 15-17.

The Mastodons have a 70 percent (7-3) conference win rate and a 46 percent (11-13) win rate overall this season.

Some of the Mastodons’ individual leaders are seniors Olivia Hahn (L) and Somer Johnson (OH), sophomores Nicole Rightnowar (OH) and Madison Jaqua (S), and junior Natalie Seiler (MH), according to thesummitleague.org. These standings are based off kills, digs, hitting, blocks and assists.

The Mastodons were named regular-season champions in 2010 and tournament champions in 2009 and 2012.

Tickets for the event are on sale for $7 at thesummitleague.org/fan-zone/tickets.