FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University has announced its 2022 volleyball schedule. The Warriors will once again face one of the most challenging slates in the nation with matches against 11 teams that were ranked in the 2021 NAIA Coaches’ Postseason Poll. Six of those teams reside in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), which is the elite volleyball conference in the NAIA.
Midland will begin their season in Butte, Montana at the Big Sky Challenge hosted by Montana Tech. They’ll take on the University of Providence, Eastern Oregon University, Dickinson State University, and Rocky Mountain College at the weekend classic.
The following weekend they’ll make a trip to St. Louis, Missouri for the annual early-season classic that rotates amongst the top teams in the Midwest. The Warriors will face defending national champion Missouri Baptist University along with Lindsey Wilson College and Viterbo University.
On August 31, Midland will begin conference action when they host Doane University. The midweek match with the Tigers comes before the final non-conference tournament on September 2-3. That weekend, the Warriors will make their first trek to Sioux City, Iowa for the Labor Day Classic. They’ll take on national runner-up Park University, Evangel University, the University of Tennessee Southern, and Rocky Mountain College.
In GPAC play, they’ll host Concordia University, Mount Marty University, Morningside University, Briar Cliff University, Dordt University, Hastings College, and the College of Saint Mary. Their road conference matches will be at Hastings, CSM, Northwestern College, Dakota Wesleyan University, the University of Jamestown, Mount Marty, Doane, and Concordia.
“I’m excited to see what this year’s team can accomplish,” said head coach Paul Giesselmann. “We have a lot of experience returning this year from last year’s team that defeated a lot of ranked teams. We have a few new players coming in that are going to help us compete, and provide better depth at some positions.”
Giesselmann is entering his 13th season at Midland and owns an impressive 287-110 (.723) record leading the Warriors. He guided his teams to eight NAIA Championship Final Sites, including five trips to the Elite 8, three to the Final Four, and a National Runner-Up finish in 2020-21.
“Our schedule is going to be another great challenge to help prepare us for the postseason. As I always say players come to Midland to be challenged to be the best they are capable of being and this year’s schedule will certainly give us a chance to find out how good we can be.”