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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Nov. 10, 2010

Football, volleyball selection shows Sunday

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State football and volleyball programs will each learn their postseason fate Sunday when the NCAA reveals its tournament fields for both sports.

The 24-team football field will be announced at 2 p.m. on ESPN News. The 64-team volleyball bracket will be announced at 9 p.m. on NCAA.com.

Head football coach Mel Tjeerdsma and his Bearcats are looking to make their seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA playoffs. Northwest (8-1, 8-0 MIAA) is currently seeded third in the NCAA regional rankings with one week of play remaining. The top six teams in the region will qualify. The top two teams will receive first-round byes while seeds three and four will host first-round contests Nov. 20.

Northwest is the defending Division II national champions and have competed in the national championship game an unprecedented five straight seasons.

Head coach Jessica Rinehart and the Northwest volleyball team is looking to make its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance and first postseason appearance since 1981. The Bearcats (14-12, 10-7 MIAA) are ranked seventh in the NCAA regional rankings released Wednesday. The top eight seeds will qualify for the tournament field with games to begin either Nov. 18 or Nov. 19 at the host institution.

Northwest has three regular-season games remaining on its schedule. The Bearcats host Missouri Western (12-15, 8-10 MIAA) tonight at 7 p.m., Truman (23-7, 12-6 MIAA) at 7 p.m. Friday and travel to Missouri Southern (17-12, 7-10 MIAA) for a 5 p.m. match Saturday.

Selection Show Gathering:

Fans who reside in Maryville can watch the football selection show on the big screen at Carson's Sports Grill located at 310 N. Main St.

The most recent NCAA South Central Region rankings for each sport is listed below:

Football Rankings

Team Overall Division II

1. Abilene Christian 10-0 10-0
2. Texas A&M-Kingsville 9-1 9-1
3. NW Missouri State 8-1 8-1
4. Central Missouri 9-2 9-1
5. West Texas A&M 7-3 7-3
6. Missouri Western 7-3 7-3
7. Midwestern State 7-3 7-3
8. Central Washington 7-3 6-2
9. Washburn 6-4 6-4
10. Humboldt State 7-3 5-2

Volleyball Rankings

Team Overall Division II

1. Central Missouri 27-4 27-3
2. Washburn 28-2 24-2
3. Truman 23-7 21-7
4. Abilene Christian 25-4 24-4
5. Emporia State 20-8 18-7
6. West Texas A&M 22-6 21-5
7. NW Missouri State 14-12 14-10
8. Nebraska-Omaha 17-14 17-14
9. Missouri Southern 17-12 16-12
10. Angelo State 17-10 16-9

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468