The first weekend in November in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference provides both some post-season excitement in football and volleyball, while several wrestling programs will take to the mat for the first time in 2018-19.
MCAC Volleyball programs which qualified for postseason play this past week take the courts at Central Lakes College and Rochester Community & Technical College respectively, in the NJCAA Region XIII A & B tournaments. Both host schools - CLC and RCTC - finished the the regular season unbeaten in Divisional play at 12-0; the Raiders and Yellowjackets will have to accomplish the difficult feat of beating a team three times in a season as they look to advance to the NJCAA Division III National Championships, also hosted in Rochester. For more on MCAC Volleyball, including recently named All-Division teams, go to: http://www.mcacsports.org/sports/wvball/index
In football, Northland Community & Technical College (6-2 Overall /5-0 West) will host Mesabi Range College ( 7-2 Overall / 4-1 East) in Thief River Falls in a semi-final round matchup on Sunday, 11/4 at 1:30pm. Also, Central Lakes College ( 7-2 Overall / 6-0 East) will play host to No. 18 North Dakota State College of Science ( 8-1 Overall / 4-1 West) in Brainerd; the Raider-Wildcat contest also has a 1:30pm start time.
The winner in both games will move on the MCAC Football State Championship game held at Husky Stadium on the campus of St. Cloud State University. The championship game will kick-off at noon on Sunday, November 11 and will be live-streamed by School Space Media. Complete coverage of MCAC Football can be found by clicking here or going to: http://www.mcacsports.org/sports/fball/index
Finally, while fall sports move rapidly towards their championships, Rochester Community & Technical College will host their Yellowjacket Open, attracting several wresting teams from around the Midwest including Minnesota West CTC and Itasca Community College, among others.
Many MCAC men's and women's basketball teams will wrap up preseason preparations over the next several days with scrimmages and alumni contests. Hoops schedules begin to intensify this weekend and earlier next week as Northland CTC, Riverland Community College and M State-Fergus Falls all tip off their regular seasons on Wednesday, November 7. Western Technical College were the first hardwood teams to notch wins in 2018-19, with the Cavalier men's and women's teams both picking up wins on Thursday, November first over UW-Richland.
MCAC Men's Basketball: http://www.mcacsports.org/sports/mbkb/index
MCAC Women's Basketball: http://www.mcacsports.org/sports/wbkb/index
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About the Minnesota College Athletic Conference
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system. The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions. The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.