Observer staff

No. 15 Eastern Oregon will have a tough battle ahead of it in pool play at next week's NAIA National Championships in Sioux City, Iowa, it learned over the weekend.

EOU's pool includes No. 2 Viterbo (Wisc.) a team that enters with a 34-1 record. The pool also includes No. 17 Georgetown (Kent.) and Our Lady of the Lake (Tex.).

Eastern opens with Georgetown Nov. 28, a team the Mountaineers defeated a season ago. They meet Our Lady of the Lake Nov. 29 and wrap up with Viterbo Nov. 30.

EOU needs to be in the top two in its pool to advance to bracket play, which begins Dec. 1.