KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The MIAA has released the 2018 MIAA Volleyball Championship bracket. The official bracket is available here.
Nebraska Kearney (30-2, 16-2 MIAA) won the MIAA regular season championship and will be the top seed for the championship. The Lopers will host eighth-seeded Missouri Western (15-16, 7-11 MIAA) on Tuesday, November 6 at 6 p.m. in Kearney, Nebraska. The two teams squared off in the title match of the 2017 MIAA Championship with UNK winning 3-1.
Washburn (15-3, 27-3 MIAA) is the second-seed and host seventh-seeded Emporia State (14-17, 8-10 MIAA). The postseason edition of the Turnpike Tussle is set for Tuesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. in Topeka, Kansas. ESU knocked 17th-ranked Central Oklahoma in the final match of the regular season.
Through tiebreakers, the third-seed will be Central Oklahoma (26-6, 14-4 MIAA). UCO will host sixth-seeded Lindenwood on Tuesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. in Edmond, Oklahoma. LWU enters the postseason with three consecutive MIAA wins and earned the sixth spot through a tiebreaker.
Northwest Missouri (22-7, 14-4 MIAA) is the fourth-seed and hosts fifth-seeded Central Missouri (24-6, 14-4 MIAA) on Tuesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. in Maryville, Missouri. The Bearcats and Jennies split the season series 1-1 with each team winning on their home court.
Winners of Tuesday’s first-round matches will advance to the semifinals on Friday, November 9. Semifinal and Final rounds are hosted by the highest remaining seed, after the first round, with match times announced at a later date.
More information, complete schedules and championship updates are available at the 2018 MIAA Volleyball Championship Central page.
First Round – Tuesday, November 6, 2018
No. 8 Missouri Western at No. 1 Nebraska Kearney – Kearney, Neb. – 6 p.m.
No. 5 Central Missouri at No. 4 Northwest Missouri – Maryville, Mo. – 7 p.m.
No. 6 Lindenwood at No. 3 Central Oklahoma – Edmond, Okla. – 7 p.m.
No. 7 Emporia State at No. 2 Washburn – Topeka, Kan. – 7 p.m.