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UNK Finalist for National Wrestling and Volleyball Tournaments

It was released today by the NCAA that Kansas City, Mo. has been selected as a finalist to host the Division II Football and Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships in what would be a joint venture from the MIAA and the Kansas City Sports Commission.

Should the MIAA receive the bids they would host the events at Sporting Park and Swope Park Soccer Village in Kansas City. The other finalists for football are Florence, Alabama and Bentonville, Arkansas. The other finalists in soccer are Louisville, Kentucky; Evans, Georgia; Orlando, Florida and Pensacola, Florida.

“I am excited and pleased that the bids the MIAA has submitted with our partners at the Kansas City Sports Commission to host the NCAA Division II Football and Soccer Championships has reached the finalist stage in the selection process,” said MIAA Commissioner Bob Boerigter. “I am confident that if selected, these events in Kansas City (played at Sporting Park and Swope Park) will be a memorable one for student-athletes and fans of Division II football and soccer.”

Several MIAA Schools have also been named finalists to host NCAA Championship events. Lindenwood and the GLVC’s Maryville are one of three finalists to host the 2014 Fall Festival. Lindenwood is also a finalist for the Women’s National Collegiate Ice Hockey Championship. Missouri Southern is one of four sites chosen as finalists for the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. Pittsburg State has been chosen as a finalist to host the Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Central Oklahoma is one of three finalists to host the Softball Championships for both Division II and Division III. Nebraska-Kearney was named a finalist for both Volleyball and Wrestling. Central Missouri is one of six finalists for the Women’s National Collegiate Bowling Championship.

“I want to congratulate our member schools for being named a finalist to host an NCAA Championship,” said Boerigter. “MIAA institutions play at a national level and the NCAA has recognized that our schools know how to host quality, high caliber championship events.”

The NCAA will announce the host sites for the 2014-15 through 2017-18 National Championships on Dec. 11, 2013. If you are interested in the seeing the entire list of finalists click here.