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Players were honored as Champions of Character and as scholar athletes at the banquet.
The NAIA Volleyball National Championship final site matches begin Tuesday at the Tyson Events Center.
Of the 24 teams battling for a title are Siouxland's own Northwestern, Dordt and Briar Cliff.
Monday night, they packed into the Sioux City Convention Center for the Banquet of Champions.
Players from each team were honored as Champions of Character and as scholar athletes.
The Chargers begin pool play against top ranked Texas at Brownsville, the Defenders get Lindsey Wilson of Kentucky while the Red Raiders battle Spring Hill of Alabama.
Each are hoping to make a run to the title.
"Girls are ready to go," said Briar Cliff head coach Trevor Schirman. "They're excited for it. It's a good way for the senior class to go out, experiencing this tournament, and it's the way they should end their careers."
"It's about competition," said Dordt head coach Chad Hanson. "It's about the 900 feet of court space that we get to share with another team and trying to put points on the scoreboard. We really need to keep it simple and strictly volleyball-focused."
"At this point, everybody's really good," said Northwestern head coach Kyle Van Den Bosch. "We just look at it as 'Hey, tomorrow we get a chance to play Spring Hill and try to do what we typically do,' and try to play our style and see where it ends up." Tuesday's Schedule
Briar Cliff Vs. #1 Texas-Brownsville 1 p.m. #5 Northwestern Vs. #23 Spring Hill (Ala.) #15 Dordt Vs. #23 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
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