SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (KWWL) — The UNI Panthers are going dancing. Bobbi Petersen’s squad held off a late charge from Illinois State as the Panthers topped the Redbirds 3-1 (25-16, 25-22, 26-28, 25-22) in the MVC tournament final. The win marked the 17th tournament title in school history and secured the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Piper Thomas led the Panther attack with 24 kills and just two errors in the match. Jaydlin Seehase added another 16 kills in the UNI win.
The Panthers will learn their NCAA tournament destination during Sunday night’s selection show.