League Announces 2008-09 Championship Dates/Sites
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Commissioner Doug Elgin has announced the complete list of dates and sites for the various Missouri Valley Conference sports championships for the 2008-09 athletic season.  Notably, that includes a recommendation from the league’s Joint Committee (faculty athletics representatives, directors of athletics and senior woman administrators of each institution) to bring the 2008 State Farm MVC Women’s Soccer Championship to Omaha, Neb., the 2008 State Farm MVC Men’s Soccer Championship to Evansville, Ind.; the 2009 State Farm MVC Men’s Golf Championship to Cape Girardeau, Mo.; the 2009 State Farm MVC Softball Championship to Peoria, Ill.; and the 2009 State Farm Baseball Championship to Wichita, Kan.

 The site awards are subject to ratification at the Missouri Valley Conference Presidents’ Council meeting, which takes place June 6.   Nine of the league’s 10 league schools are set to host one or more championships in 2008-09.

 WOMEN’S SOCCER:  The 2008 State Farm MVC Women’s Soccer Tournament will be at Omaha, Neb., and Creighton hosts the tournament at the Michael G. Morrison, S.J. Stadium, on Nov. 5-7-9.  For the first time, all six tournament teams will play at one site.  The top six teams (of seven) advance to the championship, and the top two seeds receive a bye in the first round.   First-round games are Wednesday, Nov. 5.  The semifinals are Friday, Nov. 7, and the championship is Sunday, Nov. 9.  The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.  Last year in Evansville, Ind., Creighton won the league tournament championship, advancing past Illinois State, 4-3 on PKs, after a 1-1 draw in the title game.  

 MEN’S SOCCER:  The 2008 State Farm MVC Men’s Soccer Tournament will be in Evansville, Ind., and will be played on Black Beauty Field at Arad McCutchan Stadium on Nov. 12-14-16.  For a fourth-straight season, all six tournament teams will play at one site.  All six teams advance to the championship, and the top two seeds receive a bye in the first round.  First-round games are Wednesday, Nov. 12.  The semifinals are Friday, Nov. 14, and the championship is Sunday, Nov. 16.  The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.  In 2007, Bradley and Creighton represented The Valley in the NCAA Tournament.  The Braves won the league’s automatic berth with a 1-0 victory over Creighton in the finals and reached the Elite 8 in the NCAA tourney.  Also, the 2009 State Farm MVC Championship was awarded to Drake.

 VOLLEYBALL:  The 2008 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference volleyball championship is in Wichita, Kan., on Nov. 27-29.  Wichita State is the host.  The tournament, awarded to Wichita State on a bid basis at last year’s spring meeting, will be held on Thanksgiving weekend, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.  Last year, for the first time in league history, four Valley volleyball teams represented the league in the NCAA Championships, Northern Iowa won the league tournament title in 2007 and was joined by tournament runner-up Illinois State, regular-season champ Wichita State, and Missouri State in the NCAA Tournament.  Also, the 2009 State Farm MVC Volleyball Championship was awarded to Creighton.

 MEN’S GOLF:  The 2009 State Farm MVC Men’s Golf Championship is in Cape Girardeau, Mo., at Dalhousie Golf Club, April 27-28.  Southern Illinois will host the 2009 State Farm MVC Men’s Golf Tournament.  Last year’s tournament champion was Wichita State, and the Shockers represented the league in the NCAA Central Regional.  In addition to the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, the men’s golf championship is the only tournament hosted on a neutral site.  The 2010 site was awarded to Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan., and Wichita State will host in 2010.

 SOFTBALL:  The 2009 State Farm MVC Softball Championship will be hosted by Bradley.  The tournament will be played May 7-9.  Bradley, as host institution, receives one of the tournament spots in the three-day, eight-team, single-elimination tournament.  The champion of the tournament, which was awarded on a bid basis, receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.  Bradley last hosted in 2000.  Notably, no team in the 26-year history of the softball tournament has won the title as the host.  This past year, in Carbondale, Ill., Drake beat Missouri State in the title game of the State Farm MVC Tournament, and the Bulldogs were joined by regular-season champion Creighton in the NCAA Tournament field.

 BASEBALL:  The State Farm MVC Baseball Championship returns to Wichita, Kan., for 2009.  The tournament is at Eck Stadium / Tyler Field on May 20-23.  Since 1987, the tournament has been played at Wichita State every season except four [Springfield, Ill. (1995); Evansville, Ind. (1998); and Springfield, Mo. (2004 and 2007)].  In addition, Wichita State has administered seven NCAA baseball regionals in the past 13 years.  Wichita State, as host institution, receives one of the tournament spots in the four-day, six-team, double-elimination tournament.  The champion of the tournament, which was awarded on a bid basis, receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.


 

 

 In addition to the recommendation of the championship sites up for bid, the Joint Committee reaffirmed the following pre-assigned sites for 2008-09:

 The State Farm MVC Men’s Basketball Championship -- the 19th consecutive men’s tournament in St. Louis -- will feature all 10 Missouri Valley Conference schools and will be played at Scottrade Center.  For the fourth-straight year, the tournament will begin on Thursday and end on Sunday (March 5-8) with the championship game on CBS Sports.  The quarterfinals and semifinals will also be televised, on FSN Midwest.

 The State Farm MVC Women’s Basketball Championship -- the second consecutive women’s tournament in St. Charles -- will feature all 10 Missouri Valley Conference schools and will be played at The Family Arena.  The tournament will begin on Thursday and end on Sunday (March 12-15) with the semifinals and finals on FSN Midwest.

 Other hosts for league championships in 2008-09 include Creighton (men’s and women’s team tennis; Drake (men’s and women’s individual tennis; and women’s golf); Indiana State (men’s and women’s outdoor track & field); Missouri State (men’s and women’s cross country); UNI (men’s and women’s indoor track & field), and Southern Illinois (women’s swimming and diving; and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field).