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Release: 01/27/2012
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- California Baptist University Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker has announced Friday that the Lancers' men's volleyball program has been accepted as the newest members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF)

The Lancers will play a full MPSF schedule in 2012-13 and will be eligible for MPSF championships in 2013-14.

CBU, which is currently in the second year of a three-year transition to NCAA Division II, was accepted by a unanimous vote, becoming the 13th member of the conference made up mostly of NCAA Division I powers.

"The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation is excited to bring CBU into the NCAA's top men's volleyball conference," said MPSF Commissioner Al Beaird in a statement. "Traditionally, CBU has played most of our teams each season and has been quite competitive. All MPSF teams have supported the addition of CBU and the MPSF Administrative Committee unanimously approved CBU's membership. This is a great move for CBU and serves to strengthen the MPSF and the sport. Everyone wins with the Lancers in the MPSF."

CBU is now one of two NCAA Division II programs in the conference, joining UC San Diego.

The MPSF, which also sponsors 10 other intercollegiate sports, currently boasts 11 of the Top 15 NCAA men's volleyball programs in the country. The conference has won six of the last eight NCAA National Championships and 14 titles overall.

"We are thrilled to be accepted into the MPSF for men's volleyball," said Parker. "It is a great conference and will provide our team with the opportunity to play the best men's volleyball teams in the nation. It had been difficult to schedule when we were in the NAIA, but now we are assured of 24 matches with some big name universities coming to the Van Dyne Gym. I want to thank (MPSF Commissioner) Al Beaird for all the work he did to help us with this transition."

CBU currently has a better than .500 record against NCAA Division I-II teams, going 87-82 since the program's inception in 1999. This season, 19 of the Lancers' 22 scheduled matches are against NCAA Division I-II foes, with only five of those matches occurring in the Van Dyne Gym.

Along with UCSD, CBU will be competing against BYU, UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, Hawaii, Cal State Northridge, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara and Pacific in conference play.

The MPSF was established in 1992-1993 to serve the competitive needs of member institutions from the Big West, Pacific-10 and Western Athletic Conferences, as well as other universities in the western United States; and to provide championship competition for NCAA Division I intercollegiate Olympic sports in a conference setting.

In 2011-2012, the MPSF will sponsor competition in 11 intercollegiate Olympic sports, adding men's and women's swimming for the first time, while serving approximately 1,800 student-athletes on 98 teams from 39 universities in 13 western states.

The MPSF Men's Volleyball Postseason Tournament Champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championship.


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