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The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team picked up its 13th Region 16 championship trophy Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2, when they defeated the Mineral Area College Cardinals, Park Hills, Mo., 25-18, 25-20, 25-22 in the Joe Paul Evans Arena at the West Plains Civic Center.  The win advances the Grizzlies to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) District N Championship against Harford Community College in Bel Air, Md., Saturday, Nov. 9.  The winner of that contest will advance to the NJCAA Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship Tournament Nov. 21-23 in Casper, Wyo. With their trophy moments after the presentation Saturday are, kneeling front row from left, Alyssa Aldag, Laiz Novaes, Victoria Williams, Grace Kiely, Paris Witte and Brianna Zebert.  Back row:  Torika Baleilekutu, Head Coach Paula Wiedemann and her youngest daughter, Emma, Adrijana Mazulovic, Leondra Bennett, Ashley Bishton, Nella Ioramo, Helena Peric, Kaili Simmons, Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach Keri Elrod and Assistant Coach Crystal Stigler.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team picked up its 13th Region 16 championship trophy Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(West Plains) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team (23-12) advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship Tournament today, Nov. 9, after defeating Harford Community College 25-14, 25-8, 25-16 in the NJCAA District N contest in Bel Air, Md.

The national tournament will be held Nov. 21-23 in Casper, Wyo. Seedings and pairings for the tournament will be announced in the coming days.

The Grizzlies were ranked 18th in the Oct. 30 NJCAA volleyball poll.

For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit http://wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/vb/.

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