Wayne State College Volleyball To Host NCAA DII Central Region Tournament

WAYNE – With the top region seeds and hosts announced ahead of the NCAA Division II Volleyball Selection Show on Sunday evening, Wayne State College waited until later in the night to see who their first round opponent would be among the round of 64.

The second-ranked Wildcats in DII volleyball snapped a five-year drought of not qualifying for the postseason and earned the top seed with an at-large bid in the Central Region.

Players, coaches and staff held a watch party at the Club Room in Rice Auditorium Sunday night.

Wayne State College is 29-2 and finished as the NSIC regular season champion at 19-1. WSC suffered an opening round five-set loss to Augustana on Friday, November 11 in St. Paul, Minnesota during the NSIC Volleyball Tournament.

#5 seed (#9 DII) St. Cloud State earned the NSIC automatic qualifying spot after winning in five-sets over #2 seed (#3 DII) Concordia-St. Paul in the NSIC finals on Sunday while other conference tournament champions were Washburn (KS) (MIAA) and #8 Harding (AR) (GAC).

The NSIC, the Mid-America Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Great American Conference (GAC) make up the 39-team NCAA Central Region.

NCAA DII Central Region and host #1 seed Wayne State will open with #8 seed Harding of Arkansas (30-1) on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. Central Region semifinals will be played on Saturday, November 19 and Region finals on Sunday, November 20 all at Rice Auditorium.

Last time the Wayne State College volleyball team qualified for the national tournament was in 2016. WSC suffered a first round four-set loss to Southwest Minnesota State in St. Paul, Minnesota. This season will mark the 12th NCAA Tournament bid in program history.

The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and waynedailynews.com will carry the Wayne State College volleyball matches with pregame show coverage set for 7:10 p.m. Friday

Comments from head Wayne State College volleyball coach Scott Kneifl:


2022 NCAA DII volleyball bracket.

Listed below are seedings/game times for the NCAA Division II Central Region Volleyball Tournament:

First Round – Friday, November 18

12:00 p.m. – No.6 seed/#15 Washburn (24-7) vs. No. 3 seed/#6 Minnesota Duluth (26-4)

2:30 p.m. – No. 7 seed/#13 Nebraska-Kearney (28-5) vs. No. 2 seed/#3 Concordia-St. Paul (26-5)

5:00 p.m. – No. 5 seed/#7 St. Cloud State (26-5) vs. No. 4 seed/#12 Northwest Missouri State (24-6)

7:30 p.m. – No. 8 seed/#24 Harding (30-1) vs. No. 1 seed/#2 Wayne State (29-2)


Semi Finals – Saturday, November 19

5:00 p.m. – WU/UMD winner vs. UNK/CSP winner

7:30 p.m. – SCSU/NMSU winner vs. HU/WSC winner


Championship Match – Sunday, November 20

4:00 p.m. – Semi final winners