The MIAA dominates the South Central Region bracket in the NCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball Championship, with the league getting six of the eight spots — including all five at-large berths.
The six schools is the most ever to qualify for the volleyball postseason by the MIAA.
Emporia State (32-3) will be the top seed and host of the regional event, which starts Friday (Nov. 21) at White Auditorium in downtown Emporia, Kan. The Hornets are joined by second-seeded Truman (29-7), third-seeded Washburn (30-5), No. 4 seed Pittsburg State (28-7), No. 6 seed Central Missouri (28-9) and seventh-seeded Nebraska-Omaha (16-15).
They will be joined by Lone Star Conference champion West Texas A&M (33-4) as the No. 5 seed and Heartland Conference champion Texas-Permian Basin (21-13) as the eighth seed.
Washburn and Central Missouri will start the action at noon, CST, Friday, while Truman and UNO will face off at 2:30 p.m. The winners of those two matches will play each other Saturday (Nov. 22) at 4:30 p.m.
The regional championship will take place Sunday (Nov. 23) at 5 p.m.
The Truman Bulldogs are making their 10th appearance in the NCAA Division II postseason, and ninth in as many seasons. Twice the Bulldogs have been national runner-up, most recently in 2004.
Central Missouri is in the field for a record 26th consecutive season. The Jennies have reached the national quarterfinals six times and was the national runner-up in 1987. The Lady Blues and Jennies each earned 3-0 sweeps at home over the other in 2008.
The national quarterfinals will be contested at a campus site to be determined starting Dec. 4. The championship match is slated for Dec. 6.