The nation's most prestigious regular season tournament opens its doors to the Truman volleyball program this weekend, as the Bulldogs will make an appearance at the Colorado Premier Challenge this Friday and Saturday on the campuses of Regis University and Metro State University in Denver. Competing in the Challenge for the first time since 2003, the 15th-ranked Bulldogs enter one of the most loaded fields in event history.
Nine of the top 21 teams in this week's AVCA Division II top-25 coaches' poll will be present, with all 12 teams having made an NCAA tournament appearance a year ago. Truman will play two matches on each day, with pool play taking place on Friday before bracket play begins on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs were slotted into pool 1, which sets the squad up for matches against Florida Southern at 4:30 p.m. (CT) and six-time defending national champion and fourth-ranked Concordia-St. Paul at 8:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday. From there, the tournament gets re-seeded, with the top team from each of the four pools advancing to the "gold" bracket, the second-place team designated to the "silver" bracket, and the third-place team sent to the "bronze" bracket.
Truman will face either Nebraska-Kearney, Metro State, or Angelo (Texas) State at 1:00 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, before finishing the event later that day. The Bulldogs are coming off a 3-1 opening weekend at the GVSU Grand Rapids Classic, where the squad rebounded from an opening-match loss to then-No. 6 Southwest Minnesota State to defeat Saint Leo (Fla.), Eckerd (Fla.), and Adelphi (N.Y.).
Only Truman and Wayne (Mich.) State pulled off a 3-1 mark during the tournament, resulting in a co-championship between the schools since they did not meet.
Courtesy Truman State University