Wildcats to go on the road for regionals with No. 2 seed


The Wayne State volleyball team will go on the road for regionals this year as they were named the No. 2 seed for the Central Region bracket of the NCAA Div. II volleyball tournament.

Pairings were announced by the NCAA Monday evening, and the Wildcats, who had been No. 1 in the region throughout the regular season, slipped a spot after losing in a five-set match to St. Cloud State in the semifinals of the Northern Sun Conference tournament here Saturday.

That loss helped Concordia-St. Paul, who is 1-1 against Wayne State this year, to move into the top spot after beating St. Cloud State in the championship on Sunday.

Wayne State is one of five NSIC schools to make the 64-team field and will face seventh-seeded Minnesota Duluth in the opening round on Thursday, Nov. 30. Game times will be announced later.

The other half of Wayne State's bracket includes a potential rematch with Nebraska-Kearney, who is the No. 6 seed and will face third-seeded Southwest Minnesota State.

All three of the conference tournament champions are in the other half of the bracket. NSIC champion Concordia-St. Paul battles Great American Conference tournament champion Oklahoma Bapist in the 1 vs. 8 match, while MIAA champion Central Missouri is the fourth seed and will meet fifth-seed St. Cloud State.

The winner advances to the Elite Eight, set for Dec. 7-9 in Moon Township, Pa.

Pairings are as follows:

No. 1 Concordia St. Paul (28-2) vs. No. 8 Oklahoma Baptist (22-8)
No. 4 Central Missouri (24-7) vs. No. 5 St. Cloud State (22-8)
No. 3 Southwest Minnesota State (23-6) vs. No. 6 seed Nebraska-Kearney (28-5)
No. 2 Wayne State (28-2) vs. No. 7 Minnesota Duluth (18-10)