Missouri State to Host Women's Soccer & Baseball Championships
ST. LOUIS - Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin has announced a list of dates and sites for the various MVC sports championships for the 2011-12 athletic season. A recommendation from the league's Joint Committee was to bring the 2011 State Farm MVC Women's Soccer Championship to Springfield, Missouri, the 2011 State Farm MVC Men's Soccer Championship to Omaha, Nebraska; the 2011 State Farm MVC Volleyball Championship to Cedar Falls, Iowa; the 2012 State Farm MVC Men's and Women's Tennis Team Championship to Omaha, Nebraska; the 2012 State Farm MVC Men's Tennis Individual Championship to Des Moines, Iowa; and the 2012 State Farm Baseball Championship to Springfield, Missouri.
A decision on the 2012 State Farm Softball Championship site will be made after the softball coaches meeting in July. All site awards are subject to ratification at the Missouri Valley Conference Presidents' Council meeting, which takes place June 10.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: The 2011 State Farm MVC Women's Soccer Tournament will be at Springfield, Missouri and Missouri State will host the tournament at the Cooper Family Soccer Complex, on Nov. 4-6. 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 on campus sites - Sunday, Oct. 30. The semifinals are Friday, Nov. 4, and the championship is Sunday, Nov. 6. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. Last year in Omaha, Nebraska, Creighton won the league tournament title. Missouri State has not hosted the women's soccer championship since 1999.
BASEBALL: The 2012 State Farm MVC Baseball Championship will be played at Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri. Missouri State will host the tournament, which will be played May 22-26. The champion of the tournament, which was awarded on a bid basis, receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The 2012 State Farm MVC Baseball Championship will feature all eight teams, and Creighton is the defending cham- pion. Completed in 2004, Hammons Field is a minor league ballpark in downtown Springfield, and it has a seating capacity of 7,986, plus an additional 2,500 general admission seats. Missouri State has hosted the tournament at Hammons Field twice previously (2004 and 2007).