Wildcats open region tournament play Friday


Game times and schedule for the 2022 NCAA Div. II Central Region volleyball tournament hosted by Wayne State College this weekend were finalized with NCAA officials Monday.

Games will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-20 in Rice Auditorium. Four first round games will be played Friday starting at 12 p.m. with the semifinals Saturday and the title match scheduled for Sunday.

Top-seeded Wayne State will play the final game of the first day, as they take on No. 8 seed Harding at 7:30 p.m. The first game of the day features No. 3 Minnesota Duluth facing No. 6 Washburn at 12 p.m., followed by No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul and No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney at 2:30 p.m. and No. 4 Northwest Missouri State facing No. 5 St. Cloud State at 5 p.m.

All eight teams in the tournament are nationally ranked in this week’s AVCA Div. II Top 25 Coaches Poll.  Wayne State is second, Concordia-St. Paul third, Minnesota Duluth sixth, St. Cloud State seventh, Northwest Missouri State 12th, Nebraska-Kearney 13th, Washburn 15th and Harding 24th.

Tickets for the event are $12 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and will be available at the door. Online tickets will become available for purchase Tuesday morning.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

First Round Friday
12 p.m. – No.6 Washburn (24-7) vs. No. 3 Minnesota Duluth (26-4)
2:30 p.m. – No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney (28-5) vs. No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul (26-5)
5 p.m. – No. 5 St. Cloud State (26-5) vs. No. 4 Northwest Missouri State (24-6)
7:30 p.m. – No. 8 Harding (30-1) vs. No. 1 Wayne State (29-2)
Semifinals Saturday
5 p.m. – WU/UMD winner vs. UNK/CSP winner
7:30 p.m. – SCSU/NMSU winner vs. HU/WSC winner
Championship Sunday
4 p.m. – Semifinal winners