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UGF Argos will face Campbellsville in first round of NAIA National Tournament

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For the first time in program history the University of Great Falls Argonauts softball team is heading to the NAIA national tournament. And on Tuesday at the student center on campus, the team celebrated their success and looked toward their future with NAIA Selection Show watch party. 

"Before we even started the season, we had a team goal of making it to nationals," said junior Hali Gruntowicz. "And then having our name pop up on screen was surreal it made the moment perfect. We're going to nationals and we're so excited!"

UGF head coach Joey Egan was overcome by emotion numerous times throughout the evening. And you can't blame her. She's been involved with Argo softball from Day 1. And after 10 years with the program (five as an assistant under her father Gary Ehnes and five as the head coach) this moment felt validating. 

"Getting here was the hard part," Egan said. "And now just being able to play and take the next step - we've got nothing to lose and only things to gain. Just being relaxed as a team and going as far as we can is our goal."

The Argos earned the fourth seed in the Morningside regional and will face top seed and nationally No. 4-ranked Campbellsville (Ky.) Monday, May 16th in Sioux City, Iowa. 

The Cascade Conference, which had only one team in the final Top 25 poll, proved its depth by tying for the most teams to qualify for the NAIA Opening Rounds. UGF and Eastern Oregon earned the conference’s two automatic qualifiers while (21) Southern Oregon University and (RV) Oregon Tech each received one of nine at-large bids.

Full Morningside Bracket Schedule:

Monday, May 16

Game 1, 2 p.m. - No. 2 Morningside (Iowa) vs. No. 3 Grand View (Iowa)

Game 2, 4:30 p.m. - No. 1 Campbellsville (Ky.) vs. No. 4 Great Falls

Tuesday, May 17

Game 3, 11 a.m. - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2

Game 4, 1:30 p.m. - Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2

Game 5, 4 p.m. - Loser of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4

Wednesday, May 18

Game 6, 2 p.m. - TBD vs. TBD

Game 7 (If Necessary), 4:30 p.m.  - TBD vs. TBD

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