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2019 Conference Championships

11/27/2019, 11:15am EST
By MTB

The 2019 Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference Championships were decided with a D1AA Championship match that saw the University of Tennessee defeat Kennesaw State University, and a Division II regular season championship by the University of Memphis. 

Division 1A Championship

On November 16, Tennessee hosted Kennesaw State for the D1A conference championship after KSU finished the regular season 5-0 and Tennessee ended up 4-1.  The Volunteers avenged the September loss to the Owls with a strong second half that turned a 17-21 deficit into a 46-21 victory in the conference championship match.  

Tennessee advanced to the USA D1A Championship Tournament in Greenville, North Carolina where they were defeated in the Round of 8 by Western Michigan University. The Volunteers defeated North Carolina State in the consolation match on Sunday 48-24. 

Kennesaw State also advanced to the Round of 8 in Greenville, North Carolina and were defeated by Bowling Green State University 29-21.  KSU was defeated by Virginia Tech in the Sunday consolation 36-15.  

Division II Championship

Univeristy of Memphis captured the SCRC Division II Championship with a Division II regular season record of 5-0.  The planned championship match between #1 and #2 had to be cancelled due the USA Divison II National Championship Tournament.  To enter the tournament, SCRC teams were required to play in a play-in weekend on the date originally reserved for the SCRC Championship.  Middle Tennessee State University finished 2nd in the conference with a 4-1 record - their lone Division II loss coming at the hands of Memphis 27-15 on November 02.

Memphis advanced to the playoff match against Southeast Louisiana on November 16 which was eventually cancelled due to a SELU forfeit.  On November 23 the Tigers defeated Villanova 24-13 in the Round of 16 in Greenville, South Carolina and then were defeated 31-24 by Wisconsin-Whitewater in the round of 8.

MTSU advanced to the playoffs with a play in match on40-12.  November 16 in Northern Kentucky and were defeated by Loyola 40-12. 

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