ROME, Ga. — Berry College will welcome hundreds of student-athletes to campus this weekend as the Vikings' volleyball and cross country teams get set to host their respective NCAA Regional Championship events beginning on Friday.
The Berry volleyball team will host their eight-team regional tournament beginning on Friday, Nov. 9 and running through Sunday, Nov. 11. The winner of the Mount Berry Regional will advance to the eight-team NCAA Division III National Championship in Pittsburgh from Nov. 15-17.
The Vikings cross country teams welcome more than 500 student athletes to campus on Saturday for the NCAA Division III Regional Championship. A total of 45 colleges and universities will compete, all looking for qualifying spots to the NCAA National Championship meet on Nov. 17 in Winneconne, Wis.
The Berry men's and women's cross country teams welcome back the NCAA Regional meet to campus for the first time since 2016. Last year, the Vikings' men's team finished 11th overall with the women earning a seventh place finish.
The women's program earned a second place finish at the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championship earlier this season. Abby Carroll, Meredith Herman and Bethany Terpin went 2-3-4 to lead the charge. On the men's side, Berry earned a third place spot and were led by Will Knowlton and Parker Roberts who finished 6-7.
Following the meet, the teams moved up in the regional rankings. The men will enter the weekend ranked No. 10 and the women are No. 6. Berry returns Carroll to the field who finished 11th last season to earn a spot at nationals. Meredith Herman also eyes a strong weekend after finishing 25th at the regional meet last year. Both earned USTFCCCA All-Region Honors. Senior Bethany Terpin and freshman Mikey Mayes add to a strong pack as the Vikings return five of their top seven runners from last year. For the men, Berry also returns five of their top seven and will add senior Will Knowlton who has led the team most of this season, but did not compete last fall.
The women's race is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. with the men set to start at 12:15 p.m. The awards ceremony is slated for 1:15 p.m. Admission is free.
No. 17-ranked Berry will serve as the top-seed this weekend and face eighth-seeded Rose-Hulman to open competition on Friday at 8:00 p.m. in the Cage Center. Berry will also welcome No. 11 Emory, Meredith, No. 4 Colorado College, Washington & Lee, No. 21 Birmingham-Southern and No. 23 Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Berry will enter the NCAA tournament for the second season in a row and the fourth time in program history. The Vikings advanced to the regional finals last season, falling to Emory University in straight sets in Atlanta. Berry received the automatic bid this year by virtue of their 3-0 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) championship victory over Birmingham-Southern yesterday afternoon.
The Vikings enter the tournament with a 25-3 overall record and a six match winning streak. Berry will look to keep their hot streak alive in the Cage Center, where the team has won 28-straight matches. The Vikings went 13-1 in SAA play, earning three major awards from the conference including a Player of the Year honor for junior Emily Hancock, a Defensive Player of the Year honor for freshman Laura Beier and head coach Caitlyn Moriarty's second-straight SAA Coach of the Year award.
Rose-Hulman heads back to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 2011 under the direction of first-year head coach Rachel Sellari. The Fightin' Engineers punched their ticket to the NCAA Division III Tournament with a 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-17 victory at Transylvania University on Sunday.
Rose-Hulman stands 19-12 overall and tied a school record with seven HCAC wins and a 7-2 league record this season.
Berry and Rose-Hulman have the identical record against three common opponents this season. Both teams defeated Transylvania and Birmingham-Southern, and both teams lost to Hope.
The tournament schedule can be viewed below.
Friday, Nov. 9
- Match 1 @ 12:30 PM - #2 Emory vs. #7 Meredith
- Match 2 @ 3:00 PM - #3 Colorado College vs. #6 Wash. & Lee
- Match 3 @ 5:30 PM - #4 BSC vs. #5 Mary Hardin-Baylor
- Match 4 @ 8:00 PM - #1 Berry vs. #8 Rose-Hulman
Saturday, Nov. 10
- Match 5 @ 2:30 PM – Winner M1 vs. Winner M2
- Match 6 @ 5:00 PM – Winner M3 vs. Winner M4
Sunday, Nov. 11
- Match 7 @ 2:00 PM – Winner M5 vs. Winner M6