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Avila women draw nation's No. 1 team in first round of national tourney

March 11, 2011
For more information, contact Bob Luder at 816.501.2434.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - - The NAIA Division I women's basketball tournament committee sure didn't do the Avila women's basketball team any favors Wednesday night.

The Cinderella Eagles, which qualified for their first-ever national tournament by upsetting second-seeded Lindenwood in the semifinals and Graceland in the final of the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament, drew Union (Tenn.), the No. 1-ranked team in the country the entire season, as its first round opponent.

Avila, 20-12, is slated to face 31-1 Union at 8 p.m. March 16 at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn. The national tournament runs through March 22.

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Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.