Ehinger Leading NSU into New Era of Sharks Volleyball

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Coming off one of the best seasons in program history in 2021, a new era of Sharks Volleyball is set to begin. Kacie Ehinger was tabbed the 13th Head Coach at Nova Southeastern in April and embarks on her first season guiding the NSU program.  

“I can’t wait to get this season started. We have a solid group of returning players and extremely exciting newcomers on the roster, and I think we have a great opportunity to make some noise in the Sunshine State Conference and regionally,” said Ehinger. “The SSC is hands down one of the best conferences in the nation. We’re looking forward to competitive and high-level matches every time we step on the court.”  

The Sharks enjoyed tremendous success during the 2021 campaign, setting new program records in Sunshine State Conference wins (16), highest SSC winning percentage (0.800), best overall winning percentage in NCAA-era (0.828), most home wins (15), and longest winning streak (19). NSU had three student-athletes earn AVCA All-America honors, as Alexandra Psoma, Marianna Fiocco, and Elizabeth Price all received numerous awards. Additionally, NSU qualified for the NCAA South Region Tournament for the first time since 2009 

Ehinger inherits a talented roster, which features a pair of All-Sunshine State Conference honorees in Price and Madison Cook. Price, in her redshirt freshman season, finished the season leading the Sharks in kills (341), while Cook recorded 765 assists. The Sharks also return Nyah Pacely, Aleyna Kennel, Jordan Chessar, Kate Mihacevich, Brittany Landrum, Cambry Pope, Amanda Hall, Julia Bernardes, Preslee Brooksbank, Evelyn Kinsch, and Bruna Avila. NSU also welcomes a terrific freshmen class that includes Taylor Stockman, Hailey Smith, Avery Piatt, Olivia Aniol, Juliana Imbuzeiro and graduate transfer, Grace Green.   

Nova Southeastern is set to begin the 2022 campaign by taking a trip to Charlotte, NC., to compete in the Queens University Tournament. The Sharks open the season with a doubleheader on Fri., 8/26, taking on Concord and West Virginia Wesleyan. NSU returns to the court the following day with another doubleheader, this time taking on Mount Olive and North Greenville on Aug. 27. The Sharks home-opener is set for 9/2, as NSU hosts the 2022 Shark Invitational. Nova Southeastern faces off against Shaw, before taking on American International and Slippery Rock on Sept. 3.  

Following the NSU Shark Invitational, the Sharks begin Sunshine State Conference action with a match against Barry on Sept. 9. Nova Southeastern will then be home for three consecutive matches, hosting Lynn (9/10), Eckerd (9/16) and Tampa (9/17) at the Shark Tank. NSU will then play back-to-back road Sunshine State Conference matches against Palm Beach Atlantic (9/20) and Florida Southern (9/22).  

Nova Southeastern returns to the Shark Tank to play Florida Tech on Fri., Sept. 30 and takes on the Lions of Saint Leo on 10/1. The Sharks go back on the road, traveling to Boca Raton to face-off against Lynn on Tue. Oct. 4. Nova Southeastern then will host Embry-Riddle (10/7) and Rollins (10/8). Following the match against Rollins, the Sharks fly to Alabama to compete in the South Region Crossover event on Oct. 14-15. After taking on four opponents from the Gulf South Conference, NSU returns to the Shark Tank and takes on Barry on Tue. 10/18.  

The Sharks conclude the 2022 regular season with six of their final eight matches on the road, beginning with Tampa (10/21) and Eckerd (10/22) before playing both Palm Beach Atlantic (10/25) and Florida Southern (10/29) in the final two matches from the Rick Case Arena on the campaign. NSU then ends the season with four consecutive away matches at Saint Leo (11/4), Florida Tech (11/5), Rollins (11/11) before concluding the regular season with a match against Embry-Riddle on Sat. Nov. 12.  

The NCAA South Region Tournament is set to begin on Nov. 17 and continues through 11/20. The winner of the South Region Tournament will advance to the NCAA National Championship in Seattle, WA., which takes place from Dec. 1 – 3.  

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Volleyball, be sure to follow on Instagram at @NSU_VBall and Twitter at @NSU_VB.  

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Matt Geer joins NSU Volleyball Coaching Staff

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Matt Geer, the former Head Volleyball Coach at Webber International, has joined the Nova Southeastern Volleyball program as an assistant coach, announces NSU Head Coach Kacie Ehinger.  

“I’d like to thank [Head Coach] Kacie Ehinger for trusting me to assist in the vision that she has for the Nova Southeastern Volleyball program,” said Geer. “The Sunshine State Conference is one of the strongest conferences in the nation and NSU has some of the best facilities in NCAA Division II.” 

Geer comes to NSU after one season as head coach at Webber International (NAIA), going 13-14 in 2021. Geer guided the Warriors to their first 10+ win season since 2018 and doubled the program’s win total from the previous season (6). Geer also led Webber International to improvements in attack percentage, kills-per-set, assists-per-set, digs/set, and blocks/set.  

“I’m excited to welcome Matt to the Shark family! It was clear in our early conversations that our philosophies and vision were aligned,” stated Ehinger. “Matt has proven to be a hard-worker and “go-getter,” which will serve us well in the competitive Sunshine State Conference. His previous experience within the SSC, as well as his familiarity with the league and South Florida will be a huge asset to our program.” 

Prior to becoming the Head Coach at Webber International, Geer served on staff as an assistant coach in 2020. Geer also worked as the Head Coach at Johnson & Wales (NAIA), but the program was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Geer also has previously worked within the Sunshine State Conference, having been on staff as a volunteer assistant coach at Barry from June 2018 to January 2020. Geer’s responsibilities included scouting reports, recruitment, game day logistics and academic planning. 

In addition to his experience at the collegiate ranks, Geer has also coached at the high school and club levels, including at Monsignor Edward Pace High School, with the Florida Suns, Ethos Volleyball (TN.), and Elite Volleyball Training (TN.) 

“I’m excited to be back in South Florida and look forward to continuing the previously built success of being a nationally ranked top-25 program, here at Nova Southeastern,” continued Geer. “Kacie and I will strive to provide our student-athletes with an incredible collegiate experience, both on and off the court.” 

Geer played for four seasons and graduated from Tennessee Technological University with his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness, with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy.  

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Volleyball, be sure to follow on Instagram at @NSU_VBall and Facebook at Nova Southeastern University Volleyball.  

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Kacie Ehringer Tabbed as Sharks Volleyball Head Coach

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. – Nova Southeastern University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President of Advancement Michael Mominey announced the hiring of Kacie Ehinger as the head coach of the NSU Volleyball team on Friday afternoon. Ehinger becomes the 13th Head Coach of the volleyball program since its inception in 1985.  

“I would like to welcome Kacie to our Shark Athletic family, and I absolutely believe that she will continue the tradition of success of our women’s volleyball program,” stated Mominey. “As a leader, her philosophy, experience and background align with our overall program mission as well as the goals of our highly driven and accomplished volleyball student-athletes.” 

Ehinger comes to Nova Southeastern after three seasons at Baldwin Wallace (Ohio), where she led the Yellow Jackets to a 56-22 record. In addition to her role as the head coach at BW, Ehinger also worked as the compliance officer for the athletics department.  

“I am excited to join the Nova Southeastern family! I’d like to thank [Athletic Director] Mike Mominey, [Associate Athletic Director] Danielle Daniel, and the rest of the search committee for the opportunity to lead the program,” said Ehinger. “When I first arrived on campus, I knew that NSU was a special place, and I can’t wait to get started.” 

As the head coach at Baldwin Wallace, Ehinger mentored 11 All-Ohio Athletic Conference student-athletes and placed a total of 28 on the OAC All-Academic team. During her final season at BW, the Yellowjackets ended the season with a 19-10 record, winning 12 consecutive matches from Sept. 7 through Sept. 25, and capturing a pair of tournament crowns. In the spring season of 2021, Ehinger guided BW on an eight-match winning streak and had the club receiving votes for five straight weeks in the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Coaches’ Poll.  

Nova Southeastern Volleyball re-established itself on the national stage in 2021, advancing to the NCAA National Tournament for the first-time since 2009. The Sharks finished the season with a record of 25-6, going 15-1 at the Rick Case Arena. NSU began the campaign with a 13-match winning streak, marking a program record to start a season, and set a new program-high with 19 consecutive wins – dating back to 2019. The Sharks also featured three AVCA All-Americans, as Marianna Fiocco, Alex Psoma and Elizabeth Price were all honored.  

“[Former Head Coach] Brian Rosen did an excellent job building this program into a national contender, and I look forward to continuing that growth. Go Sharks!” continued Ehinger. 

Prior to Baldwin Wallace, Ehinger coached previously at Akron, Lamar, Marist, Siena Heights, Adrian and Defiance. Ehinger played collegiately at Adrian, serving as the team captain from 2003-06.  

Ehinger holds a Masters’ degree in Education-Sports Science from Defiance and a bachelor’s in health, Physical Education and Recreation, as well as a Minor in Business Administration, from Adrian College.  

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Volleyball, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_VBall and Facebook, Nova Southeastern University Volleyball.  

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Kacie Ehinger Tabbed as Sharks Volleyball Head Coach

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. – Nova Southeastern University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President of Advancement Michael Mominey announced the hiring of Kacie Ehinger as the head coach of the NSU Volleyball team on Friday afternoon. Ehinger becomes the 13th Head Coach of the volleyball program since its inception in 1985.  

“I would like to welcome Kacie to our Shark Athletic family, and I absolutely believe that she will continue the tradition of success of our women’s volleyball program,” stated Mominey. “As a leader, her philosophy, experience and background align with our overall program mission as well as the goals of our highly driven and accomplished volleyball student-athletes.” 

Ehinger comes to Nova Southeastern after three seasons at Baldwin Wallace (Ohio), where she led the Yellow Jackets to a 56-22 record. In addition to her role as the head coach at BW, Ehinger also worked as the compliance officer for the athletics department.  

“I am excited to join the Nova Southeastern family! I’d like to thank [Athletic Director] Mike Mominey, [Associate Athletic Director] Danielle Daniel, and the rest of the search committee for the opportunity to lead the program,” said Ehinger. “When I first arrived on campus, I knew that NSU was a special place, and I can’t wait to get started.” 

As the head coach at Baldwin Wallace, Ehinger mentored 11 All-Ohio Athletic Conference student-athletes and placed a total of 28 on the OAC All-Academic team. During her final season at BW, the Yellowjackets ended the season with a 19-10 record, winning 12 consecutive matches from Sept. 7 through Sept. 25, and capturing a pair of tournament crowns. In the spring season of 2021, Ehinger guided BW on an eight-match winning streak and had the club receiving votes for five straight weeks in the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Coaches’ Poll.  

Nova Southeastern Volleyball re-established itself on the national stage in 2021, advancing to the NCAA National Tournament for the first-time since 2009. The Sharks finished the season with a record of 25-6, going 15-1 at the Rick Case Arena. NSU began the campaign with a 13-match winning streak, marking a program record to start a season, and set a new program-high with 19 consecutive wins – dating back to 2019. The Sharks also featured three AVCA All-Americans, as Marianna Fiocco, Alex Psoma and Elizabeth Price were all honored.  

“[Former Head Coach] Brian Rosen did an excellent job building this program into a national contender, and I look forward to continuing that growth. Go Sharks!” continued Ehinger. 

Prior to Baldwin Wallace, Ehinger coached previously at Akron, Lamar, Marist, Siena Heights, Adrian and Defiance. Ehinger played collegiately at Adrian, serving as the team captain from 2003-06.  

Ehinger holds a Masters’ degree in Education-Sports Science from Defiance and a bachelor’s in health, Physical Education and Recreation, as well as a Minor in Business Administration, from Adrian College.  

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Volleyball, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_VBall and Facebook, Nova Southeastern University Volleyball.  

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Brian Rosen Resigning from NSU Volleyball

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern Volleyball Head Coach Brian Rosen has announced his resignation from his position and will be leaving the Sharks program. 

“I want to thank Coach Rosen for his dedication and hard work as the leader of our volleyball program the past three years,” stated Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President of Advancement, Michael Mominey. “The on the court results speak for themselves, but his most important contribution will be bringing back the championship culture and pedigree to our volleyball program. I wish he and his family the best of luck in his new path as a collegiate coach”.

Rosen spent two seasons at Nova Southeastern, holding a record of 45-17. In 2021, Rosen led NSU to the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009 and finished the season with a 25-6 record. The Sharks started the year with a 13-game winning streak, which set the program record for consecutive wins (19) dating back to 2019. Nova Southeastern spent the final ten weeks of the campaign ranked in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll, concluding the season 19th in NCAA Division II. 

Nova Southeastern will conduct a national search for the next head coach of the NSU Volleyball. 

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Three Sharks Tabbed as AVCA All-American Honorees

LEXINGTON, KY. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) released its All-American honors for the 2021 season on Tuesday afternoon. Alex Psoma (Third-Team All-America), Marianna Fiocco (Honorable Mention) and Elizabeth Price (Honorable Mention) were the Sharks recognized by the Association.  

The All-America nod for the trio adds to an already impressive list of accolades, as Psoma (First-Team), Fiocco (First-Team) and Price all earned AVCA All-Region honors, as well. Additionally, Fiocco (First-Team) and Price (Second-Team/All-Freshman) were selected to the All-Sunshine State Conference team.  

Fiocco, in her first season at NSU, helped lead the Sharks to a 25-6 record on the campaign. The Verona, Italy-native finished the season with 180-kills (2.34 per-set), 59-blocks, and 17 service aces. Fiocco recorded a season-high 18 kills and a 0.630 hitting percentage in a five-set win over Lynn on Oct. 26. Fiocco was also selected to the First-Team All-Sunshine State Conference on 11/23.  

Psoma, a transfer from San Diego State, was among the leaders for the Sharks during the 2021 season. Psoma recorded 248 kills, averaged 2.76 kills-per-set, while adding 26 service aces for the NSU offense. Additionally, she added 35 total blocks and 190 digs.   
 
Price, a redshirt-freshman from Tampa, Fla., was a sensational offensive piece for the Sharks from the first serve of the 2021 season. Price led NSU in kills on the season, recording 341. The freshman started her collegiate career with 20-kills against Pittsburg State and recorded double-digit kills in 17 matches on the season. Price was named the Sunshine State Attacker of the Week on Sept. 20. Price earned All-Sunshine State Conference Second-Team and All-Freshman team honors this season, as well. 

Nova Southeastern finished one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2021, as the Sharks advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first-time since 2009. NSU set new program records for the longest winning streak (19), consecutive weeks in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll (nine), highest Sunshine State Conference winning percentage (0.800), and most home wins (16).  

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Sharks Historic Season Ends in NCAA Tournament

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks Volleyball season concluded on Friday evening, as NSU was defeated in four-sets by the Spartans of Tampa in the second-round of the NCAA South Region Tournament. NSU finishes the 2021 season with a record of 25-6. 

INSIDE THE MATCH-UP 

Records: Nova Southeastern 25-6, 15-4 SSC; Tampa 30-2, 19-1 SSC 

Score: Nova Southeastern 1, Tampa 3 

Location: Pensacola, Fla., | UWF Field House 

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HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Julia Bernardes was able to open the scoring for the Sharks, recording the first kill of the match in the Sunshine State Conference Showdown.  
  • After falling behind 5-3 following a 3-0 run by the Spartans, Elizabeth Price and Brittany Landrum tied the set at 5-5 with back-to-back kills.  
  • Bernardes sparked a 6-0 run by Nova Southeastern, with Price adding a pair of kills, as NSU took a 17-13 advantage over UT.  
  • Madison Cook gave NSU a 22-16 lead a service ace late in the opening set. 
  • Bernardes sealed the first-set win with a kill, as Nova Southeastern led in the match 1-0 after winning set one, 25-20.  
  • Emily O’Neil and Bernardes book-ended a 3-0 run for NSU, giving the Sharks a 4-3 advantage in set-two.  
  • Amanda Hall tallied two consecutive points for Nova Southeastern pushing NSU ahead 8-5.  
  • A 6-0 run by the Spartans swung the momentum in both the set and the match as UT took an 11-8 lead over Nova Southeastern. 
  • Tampa extended their lead over NSU to 21-13 before claiming the second set 25-14 and tying the match 1-1. 
  • The Sharks were unable to get their footing in the third-set, falling behind 10-3 to start the period. 
  • Tampa closed out the set, 25-15, taking their second consecutive set of the match. 
  • The NSU momentum stalled again to begin the fourth-set, falling behind 8-4 before two straight Tampa errors brought the Sharks within two.  
  • UT rallied for 9-of-11 points, taking a 17-8 lead over the Sharks 
  • Nova Southeastern dropped the fourth set, 25-14, ending their 2021 season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. NSU made the program’s first appearance in the national tournament for the first time since 2009.  

In the second season under Head Coach Brian Rosen the Nova Southeastern Sharks had one of their most successful seasons in the history of the program. NSU set a program record for winning streak (19), has been ranked for nine consecutive weeks, highest Sunshine State Conference winning percentage (0.800), and most home wins (16). On behalf of NSU Volleyball, thank you for your support this season; Go Sharks! 

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NSU Sweeps UAH in First Round of NCAA Tournament

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The third-seeded Nova Southeastern Sharks began their NCAA Tournament run with a three-set victory over sixth-seed Alabama-Huntsville on Thursday afternoon from the UWF Fieldhouse on the campus of West Florida. The victory marked the first NCAA tournament win for the Sharks since the 2008 season, when NSU defeated West Florida in five-sets to advance to the Elite-Eight.  

INSIDE THE MATCH-UP 

Records: Nova Southeastern 25-5, Alabama-Huntsville 21-10 

Score: Nova Southeastern 3, Alabama-Huntsville 0 

Location: Pensacola, Fla. | UWF Fieldhouse 

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HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Nova Southeastern fell behind early in the first-set trailing the Chargers 6-2. Elizabeth Price and Emily O’Neil recorded back-to-back kills to bring the Sharks within one, 6-5.  

  • With NSU down 17-13, O’Neil started a 5-0 run for Nova Southeastern, with Brittany Landrum, Price and Julia Bernardes all tallying kills, as the Sharks led 18-17. 

  • Amanda Hall, McKenna Tucek and O’Neil all added kills in the closing points of the first-set, leading Nova Southeastern to a 1-0 set lead, as NSU claimed the set win 25-22.  

  • O’Neil, Tucek, and Bernardes began the second set with kills, as the Sharks took a 3-1 advantage over the Chargers. 

  • Hall started a 5-1 rally for Nova Southeastern, which included a service ace from Madison Cook, giving the Sharks a 13-11 lead.  

  • An AUH service error sparked a 5-0 run for NSU, with Price and O’Neil capping the run with kills as the Sharks extended their lead to 18-13. 

  • Nova Southeastern extended its match lead to 2-0, taking the 25-22 second set win. 

  • Landrum led a 7-0 rally for NSU, as the Sharks led 12-5.  

  • O’Neil recorded her 11th kill of the match, completing the match sweep, and advanced to the round-of-32 for the first-time since 2008. 

UP NEXT 

The Sharks await the winner of the Tampa/Palm Beach Atlantic match-up to determine who they face-off against in the NCAA South Regional Semifinals on Fri., Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. 

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Sharks Prepared for NCAA Tournament

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – For the first-time since 2009, the Nova Southeastern Volleyball program has returned to the NCAA Regional tournament. The Sharks, under the direction of Head Coach Brian Rosen, finished the 2021 regular season with a 24-5 record and 16-4 in Sunshine State Conference play.  

NSU started its campaign on an incredible and lengthy winning streak, earning victories in their first 13-matches to set a program-record with 19 consecutive wins – dating back to 2019. 

STACKING UP THE SHARKS 

All-Sunshine State Conference honorees, Marianna Fiocco (First-Team), Elizabeth Price (Second-Team/All-Freshman), Madison Cook (Third-Team) and AVCA All-Region First-Team member Alex Psoma helped lead the Sharks offense this season. Price recorded a team-high 326-kills, while Fiocco and Psoma registered 180 and 248, respectively. Cook, a four-time recipient of the Sunshine State Conference Setter of the Week Awards.  

Rosen, in his second season at the helm of the program, has guided the Sharks back into the national spotlight. Nova Southeastern has been ranked for a program record nine consecutive weeks in 2021, reaching as high as 17 in the polls.  

PREVIEWING THE BRACKET 

Entering the NCAA Regional Tournament as the third-seed, NSU travels to Pensacola, Fla., joining top-seed and host West Florida (33-1), Tampa (second-seed, 28-2), Embry-Riddle (fourth-seed, 25-6), fifth-seeded Lynn (19-11), sixth-seed Alabama-Huntsville (21-9), seventh-seeded Palm Beach Atlantic (18-13) and eighth-seed Spring Hill (21-9).  

NSU holds a 6-4 record against teams competing in the NCAA South Regional on the season, earning victories against Tampa, Lynn, Embry-Riddle, Palm Beach Atlantic and Stonehill.  

BRACKET 

TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS 

UP NEXT 

The NCAA South Regional begins from the campus of West Florida at 1 p.m. as the Nova Southeastern Sharks take on the Chargers of Alabama-Huntsville.  

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Trio of Sharks Earn AVCA All-Region Honors

LEXINGTON, KY. – The American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) released its 2021 Division II All-Region teams earlier this afternoon. Nova Southeastern Volleyball had three student-athletes selected to the team, as Marianna Fiocco (First-Team), Alex Psoma (First-Team), and Elizabeth Price (Honorable Mention) were honored.  

Fiocco, in her first season at NSU, helped lead the Sharks to a 24-5 record on the campaign. The Verona, Italy-native finished the season with 180-kills (2.34 per-set), 59-blocks, and 17 service aces. Fiocco recorded a season-high 18 kills and a 0.630 hitting percentage in a five-set win over Lynn on Oct. 26. Fiocco was also selected to the First-Team All-Sunshine State Conference on 11/23. 

Alex Psoma, a transfer from San Diego State, was among the leaders for the Sharks during the 2021 season. Psoma recorded 248 kills, averaged 2.76 kills-per-set, while adding 26 service aces for the NSU offense. Additionally, she added 35 total blocks and 190 digs.  

Price, a redshirt-freshman from Tampa, Fla., was a sensational offensive piece for the Sharks from the first serve of the 2021 season. Price led NSU in kills on the season, recording 326. The freshman started her collegiate career with 20-kills against Pittsburg State and recorded double-digit kills in 17 matches on the season. Price was named the Sunshine State Attacker of the Week on Sept. 20. Price earned All-Sunshine State Conference Second-Team and All-Freshman team honors this season, as well.  

Nova Southeastern (24-5) enters the NCAA South Region Tournament as the third-seed, taking on sixth-seeded Alabama-Huntsville in the first round on Thurs. 12/2 at 1 p.m. EST. 

To stay up-to-date on all things Sharks Volleyball, be sure to follow on Instagram – NSU_VBall, Twitter – NSU_VB, and Facebook – Nova Southeastern University Volleyball.   

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