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Volleyball - Tue, Oct. 21, 2014

The Tennessee Temple University volleyball team lost its first six matches this season under first-year coach Mary Willis but has won 17 of 22 since then and has been rewarded with a berth in the USCAA national tournament in northern New York. The Lady Crusaders, 17-11 after a 3-0 home win Monday against Johnson University, are seeded ninth for the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 event at SUNY-Canton. It includes 10 teams. "I feel really great about it. It's all because my girls work hard," Willis said Monday night. "We said at the first of the season that we wanted to go to the national tournament, and now we're going." In Monday's 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 victory, Victoria Smith had 10 kills, Kiara Govan had 30 assists and Lydia Vick and Naomi Posada had 14 and 13 digs. Temple has six regular-season matches left, including five before the national tournament.