SIOUX CITY, Iowa ( –The  Northwestern College, Red Raiders, will be the number one seed when the 2019 Cypress Risk Management Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Volleyball Tournament opens on Saturday, November 9.  Northwestern was  the regular season champion with a 16-0 league record.

The two seed will be The University of Jamestown, finishing with a league record of 14-2 .  Concordia, is the third seed with a  league play record of  11-5.  Midland the fourth seed, will be final host in the quarterfinals, finishing 10-6 in conference play.

Th fifth seed, Dordt, will be the five seed (9-7), with Doane as the six seed (8-8).  Morningside will be the seventh seed (8-8) and College of Saint Mary will be the eighth seed (7-9).  GPAC tie-breakers were used for all ties in the standings.

Northwestern will receive the GPAC regular season automatic berth to the 2019 NAIA National Volleyball Championship. The Cypress Risk Management GPAC Volleyball Tournament winner (runner-up if Northwestern wins) also receives an automatic berth to the NAIA National Volleyball Championship.

The 2019 NAIA Volleyball National Championship includes a field of 44  teams. Twenty-four teams will compete in 12 opening round matches played on campus sites nationwide on November 23. The top 19 seeds and final site host (Morningside) receive an opening round bye. Opening round winners will join the top 19 and host at the final site for a 32-team pool play NAIA National Championship December 3-7 in Sioux City at the Tyson Events Center.

GPAC Volleyball Quarterfinals – Saturday, November 9

Records listed as (Overall, GPAC)

#8 College of Saint Mary (22-13, 7-9) at #1 Northwestern (28-0, 16-0), 7pm

#5 Dordt (18-10, 9-7) at #4 Midland (18-9, 10-6) at, 7pm

#6 Doane (17-12, 8-8) at #3 Concordia (22-5, 11-5), 7pm

#7 Morningside (16-10, 8-8) at #2 Jamestown (26-4, 14-2), 4pm

GPAC Volleyball Semifinals – Wednesday, November 13

Highest Seed Hosts
#4/#5 Winner vs. #1/#8 Winner, 7pm
#3/#6 Winner vs. #2/#7 Winner, 7pm
GPAC Volleyball Championship – Saturday, November 16

Semifinal Winners, At Highest Seed, 7pm