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(West Plains) – A full slate of athletic events awaits fans of the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball and Volleyball teams this weekend, Nov. 1 and 2, at the Joe Paul Evans Arena in the West Plains Civic Center.

The Grizzly Volleyball team (21-12) will host the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 16 Championship Tournament, and the Grizzly Basketball team will kick off its season with the Grizzly Tip-Off Classic.

The Region 16 championship tournament will get underway at 5 p.m. Friday when No. 2 seeded Jefferson College, Hillsboro, Mo., meets No. 3 Mineral Area College, Park Hills, Mo., in the semifinal match. The winner will face the No. 1 seeded Grizzlies at noon Saturday for the championship.

The Grizzly Tip-Off Classic will get underway at 2 p.m. Friday when Snead State Community College, Boaz, Ala., faces North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City. At 7 p.m., the Grizzlies will play Otero Junior College, La Junta, Colo. Saturday’s match-ups have North Iowa playing Otero at 5 p.m. and the Grizzlies facing Snead State at 7 p.m.

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