WATERTOWN, Wis. -- The Sabercats will begin their bid for a fourth consecutive NCCAA DII national title this weekend, and it will be anything but a walk in the park.
The Sabercats are seeded #2 in the NCCAA North Region Tournament, which will be held at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa. MBU will begin play at 12:00 p.m. Friday against #7 Oak Hills Christian College. The winner will play the winner of #3 Providence University College and #6 Trinity Bible College at 6:00 p.m. that same evening.
Providence and #1 Emmaus Bible College will be gunning for the Sabercats, who have a giant target on their backs as the three-time defending national champion. The Pilots and the Eagles have proven to be difficult to beat in recent seasons, and this year is slated to be no different.
Earlier this season, the Sabercats suffered a rare NCCAA regional loss to Emmaus, who hold the #1 seed in the tournament after earning the #2 seed last year.
Regional Quick Facts
- Titles: since 2010, Maranatha has claimed 7 of 8 regional titles
- 2018: the Sabercats hold a 3-1 regional record this year
- 2017: last year, MBU won regionals with three straight-set victories
- 2010: since 2010, Maranatha holds a regional record of 47-3
|#1 Emmaus||20-3||Dubuque, Iowa||Semifinal|
|#2 Maranatha||17-12||Watertown, Wis.||Champion|
|#3 Providence||5-11||Manitoba, Canada||Runner-up|
|#4 Faith||13-11||Ankeny, Iowa||Semifinal|
|#5 Moody||2-16||Chicago||#5 seed|
|#6 Trinity||6-16||Ellendale, N.D.||DNP|
|#7 Oak Hills||7-17||Bemidji, Minn.||#7 seed|
|#8 Calvary||5-13||Kansas City, Mo.||#6 seed|
Further information on the tournament will be forthcoming at mbusabercats.com.