Thursday, February 26, 2009

It's time for March Madness, Vol State style!

Next week, the Men's and Women's Basketball teams will be competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association/Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (NJCAA/TCCAA) state-wide championship tournament. The winning Men's and Women's team will have the opportunity to play in the national tournament. All of the games will be held at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tenn.

The action begins for the Lady Pioneers on Thursday, March 5 at 6:00pm. Our Ladies will go against the winner of the Motlow State vs. Jackson State game on Tuesday, March 3rd. Then Vol State will play against whoever wins the Chattanooga State vs. Dyersburg State game on Thursday, March 5 at 8pm.

Those winners will compete against each other for a chance at the finals on Saturday, March 7 at 4pm versus the other bracket winner.

The two remaining teams will meet at 2pm on Sunday, March 8 for the championship. The winner of that game will be named the TCCAA Champion!

The men's bracket has not been released as of Thursday, February 26 at 1pm but we do know they will start tournament play against Roane State.

I spoke with both coaches about their opinions on their team's chances of making it through the tournament:

Jason Montgomery, Lady Pioneers Head Coach, said "It's going to be tough. I mean, it's a great opportunity for us. We've did everything we wanted to do to be in the position to have the number one seat. But you're looking at a semifinal match up with Chattanooga State Community College who is one of our three losses, and we get past them, we go against Walter State who is undefeated and who is number three in the country. It's a a tough tournament but we're right where we want to be."



Rusty Melvin, Pioneers Head Coach, said, "We open up with Roane State who we beat earlier in the year. But they are a very good team, they just beat a couple of teams so Roane will be a tough challenge. Then we play Moltow and we place close. The way I look at the tournament is that if you can get hot and play your best ball, we have a chance. Everyone we play on our side of the tournament, we can play with. I'm just worried about playing out next game on Wednesday."


Be sure to check this blog next week for all the latest scores and news from the tournament.

Vol State. Volunteer State Community College.

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