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Park volleyball, Baker men’s and women’s soccer lead area teams in NAIA Tournament fields

Defending national champion Park received the No. 2 overall seed in the NAIA women’s volleyball tournament and an opening-round bye when the pairings were announced Monday.

The Pirates, 24-8, automatically advance to the national championship site in Sioux City, Iowa, where three games of pool play Dec. 1-3 will determine an elimination bracket Dec. 4 with the championship being decided Dec. 5. Missouri Baptist and Columbia also made the tournament field with an opening-round bye.

Three Missouri-Kansas teams have a chance to reach the nationals with an opening-round victory Saturday. MidAmerica Nazarene is host to Union (Ky.), Evangel is host to Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) and Ottawa is at Wayland Baptist (Texas).

NAIA soccer

Baker earned the No. 3 overall seed in the 32-team NAIA men’s soccer tournament and will open play Saturday at home against Wiley (Texas).

The Wildcats, 17-3-1, lost the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament final in overtime to Missouri Valley, 17-2-1, which earned the No. 4 seed and will play host to Mount Mercy (Iowa) in the first round.

Also from the Heart, MidAmerica Nazarene, 14-5-1, reached the NAIA field and will open at home against Roosevelt (Ill.) as the No. 10 overall seed. Columbia is the No. 14 seed and will play host to Ashford (Iowa).

The first-round winners advance to Delray Beach, Fla., for the round of 16 through the championship, which will be contested Nov. 30-Dec. 5.

The Baker women’s team also qualified for the NAIA tournament and will open at home Saturday against Viterbo (Wis.). Also from the Heart, Benedictine made the field and will play Trinity International (Ill.) at home. Park and Columbia of the American Midwest Conference also qualified. The Pirates will travel to Grace (Ind.) and Columbia goes to Vanguard (Calif.). Kansas Wesleyan will play host to Our Lady of the Lake (Texas).

The 15 first-round winners and host Mobile (Ala.) advance to Orange Beach, Ala., for the round of 16 through the championship, which will be contested Nov. 30-Dec. 5.

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