A champion was crowned in the GPAC postseason volleyball tourney.
The championship match of the 2013 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Postseason Volleyball Tournament was played on Saturday night. Second seed Midland defeated top seed Northwestern 3-2 in Orange City, Iowa, to claim the postseason title. The match was played at the Bultman Center on the Northwestern College campus.
Game scores were 24-26, 25-19, 25-23, 21-25, and 17-15. It was the third time in as many meetings this season that the two top-ten NAIA teams played a five set match. In the regular season Northwestern won both matches in five sets. Entering Saturday night’s match Northwestern was ranked 5th in the NAIA and Midland was ranked 6th. Both programs posted over 30 wins each on the season. Midland is now 34-3, while Northwestern is 34-2. The Raiders last loss was in the second match of the year on August 23.
The 2013 GPAC Volleyball Tournament featured eight teams. Midland receives the league’s automatic berth to the NAIA National Volleyball Tournament. The GPAC receives one automatic berth this year because the conference is below 12 NAIA volleyball teams. Northwestern, because of their rating, will secure an at-large berth when the tournament field is announced by the NAIA National Office.
The NAIA National Volleyball Tournament will begin on Saturday, November 23, with opening round matches at 12 campus sites across the country. The top 11 teams in the country and Sioux City local host institution (Briar Cliff University) will automatically advance to the NAIA National Volleyball Championship, presented by the CNOS Foundation and J&L Enterprises, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Tyson Events Center December 3-7, 2013. The top eleven in the NAIA final poll, and the local Sioux City host team (Briar Cliff), will be joined by the 12 winners of the opening round matches which will be played on November 23.