BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases a change for the 2021 Men’s Collegiate Club Missouri Valley Division schedule.
Due to Southwest Missouri State University not having enough athletes to compete, combined with Saint Louis University now utilizing a policy that allows the school to compete against only institutions with a vaccination mandate for all students, the Missouri Valley Division schedule is revised to a five-team, single round robin format rather than a championship format. This will provide four games for each of the remaining five teams (McKendree University, Missouri University of Science & Technology, University of Cincinnati, University of Missouri, Xavier University) and eliminates trying to seed teams that have not played against one another. The team with the best record will be awarded the Missouri Valley Division Championship and qualify for the National Collegiate Club Championship. The club with the third best record will qualify for the National Invitational Championship.
McKendree, which was slated to host an 11-game championship on Saturday-Sunday, October 16-17, seeded based on the order of finish of programs at the 2019 Missouri Valley Division Championship, will now host the 10 round robin games on October 16-17.
The Missouri Valley Division champion earns an automatic berth to the 2021 Men’s National Collegiate Club Championship slated to be hosted by the University of Alabama at the Huntsville Aquatic Center in Huntsville, Ala., on Friday-Sunday, November 12-14. The third place finisher in the division earns a spot at the 2021 National Invitational Championship slated for Friday-Sunday, December 3-5, at a site to be determined.