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Concordia Hosts NCAA Central Region Tournament

Concordia University, St. Paul is hosting the NCAA Division II Central Region Volleyball Tournament Nov. 29-Dec. 1, at the Gangelhoff Center. The Golden Bears, the regions No. 1 seed, enter the tournament with a 27-4 record and will face No. 8-seed Wayne State (22-9) Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

The Golden Bears have won five consecutive NCAA Championships, and will be hosting the regional for the first time since the 2009 season. Concordia served as regional host all but one year from 2003 to 2009, the exception in its first national championship campaign of 2007. Concordia has captured the regional title in seven of the past nine seasons - all under head coach Brady Starkey. 

Concordia carries a 30-match winning streak in NCAA Tournament play dating back to 2006 in the regional final. The Golden Bears have reached the regional final (Sweet Sixteen) in nine consecutive seasons.   

Other matchups in the Central Region include: 

5 p.m. - #4 Central Missouri (26-6) vs. #5 Minnesota Duluth (28-4)
2:30 p.m. - #2 Southwest Minnesota State (29-2) vs. #7 Truman (27-6) 
12 p.m. - #3 Nebraska-Kearney (33-2) vs. #6 Washburn (31-3)   

Regional competition will be single-elimination, best-of-five sets matches and will not include a third-place match. The winners of each of the eight regionals will advance to the championship finals, December 6-8. Competition at the final site will be single-elimination, best-of-five sets matches. The site of the finals will be on the campus of West Florida at the UWF Field House in Pensacola, Fla. 

Visit the 2012 NCAA Central Region Tournament website for more information.

Watch KSTP Channel 5 Sports feature story on Concordia's volleyball team.

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