Pioneers earn spot in MWC Championships

Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 12:00 am

The Grinnell College volleyball team has secured a spot in the Midwest Conference Championships for the first time since a qualifying system was implemented in 2005. Grinnell's fate was up in the air entering Saturday, but a loss by Ripon College loss propelled the Pioneers into the tournament and all the way up to the third seed. That means Grinnell, which finished 5-4 in the league, will take on second-seeded Beloit College in the first round this coming Friday at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wis. The top seed and host Green Knights will face Ripon in the other first-round match.