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(West Plains) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team will go into the Nov. 1-2 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 16 Championship Tournament as the No. 1 seed after defeating Mineral Area College 25-15, 25-20, 24-26, 25-22, Thursday night, Oct. 24, in Park Hills, Mo.

As the No. 1 seed, the Grizzlies, now 18-12 on the season, automatically advance to the championship game at noon Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Joe Paul Evans Arena at the West Plains Civic Center. They will play the winner of the semifinal match between Mineral Area and Jefferson College, Hillsboro, Mo., set for 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the civic center.

The Grizzlies still have three regular season matches to play before the Region 16 tournament. Today, they will face Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College at noon and Illinois Central College, East Peoria, at 4 p.m. in the Jefferson College Halloween Classic in Hillsboro, Mo.

Monday, they will host Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Iowa, in the final regular season game of the year at 6 p.m. in Joe Paul Evans Arena. The game is being sponsored by Physical Therapy Specialists Clinic (PTSC). The evening also has been dubbed “Dig for a Cure Night,” with proceeds from fundraisers hosted by PTSC officials going to the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. Breast cancer survivors will be admitted free and will be recognized during the evening. Those who make a $5 donation will receive a free ticket to the game.

For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit the team’s website at

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