UC Clermont Cougars finish 5th in national tournament

The UC Clermont Volleyball Team concluded their outstanding regular season with an at-large bid to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national championship tournament in Canton, N.Y.

The selection was the eighth consecutive trip the Cougars have made to this prestigious event.

Clermont was seeded fifth overall and placed in Pool A for the first round robin phase of the event. The Cougars opened play against Penn State-Fayette – the only other Division II program selected for the Division I tourney. Clermont pulled out a tight three set win in this opening match to claim unofficial bragging rights as the highest rated D-II program in the USCAA for 2013.

The remainder of Pool A featured tight losses to top seeded Marygrove, eventual national champion Daemon and Carlow University. These results placed UC Clermont fourth in their pool and allowed them to advance to the Elite Eight elimination round. The Cougars have advanced to at least this point in all eight USCAA tournaments in which they played.

The fourth place finish matched the Cougars against Florida College – the first place team in Pool B and the eventual national runner-up. Clermont saved their best game of the tournament for the third set of this quarterfinal, but this effort was not enough to overcome Florida. The Lady Cougars finished the tournament tied for fifth place.

“I am very proud of these athletes and their accomplishments on and off the court,” said Head Coach Joe Harpring. "They overcame numerous injuries and faced a challenging schedule. Through it all, they put together one of the best records in the history of the UC Clermont volleyball program," added Harpring.

Several UC Clermont players were honored at the USCAA Tournament banquet as a reward for their stellar regular season accomplishments. The USCAA named Taylor Herrmann (Glen Este) Academic All-American, Amber Lawrence (Felicity) Honorable Mention All- American, Heather Rowland (Norwood) 2nd Team All-American and Becca Walton (Mercy) 1st Team All-American. These four awards represent the best ever “haul” for the Cougar program and reflect well on the efforts of the entire team during the 2013 campaign.

Student-athletes earn All-Academic honors by being an upperclassman who has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher over the course of their academic career. The USCAA honors 10 First Team, 10 Second Team, and several Honorable Mention student-athletes for their outstanding performance on the court. For USCAA information visit: http://theuscaa.com/sports/wvball/index/

For more information about the UC Clermont College Volleyball Team, visit www.ucclermont.edu/athletics/WomensVolleyball.html

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