With snow expected to make travel conditions difficult Sunday, Midland coach Paul Giesselmann was a little concerned about making it to the national tournament site for a practice session.

The Warriors, though, don’t need a map to get to Sioux City, Iowa.

Midland is making its sixth consecutive trip to the finals there. Giesselmann, who is in his ninth season as Warrior coach, knows how important that experience is.

“We know what to expect,” said Giesselmann, whose teams have reached the national semifinals two years ago and the quarterfinals twice. “You can’t get too high or too low. Be steady and hopefully that gets the job done.”

Midland’s quest for another deep tournament run begins Tuesday at the Tyson Events Center. Pool play takes place through Thursday, followed by round of 16 and quarterfinals Friday with the semifinals and final Saturday.

Midland, ranked 14th in the NAIA, takes a 22-6 record into nationals. All six losses are against teams ranked above the Warriors in the poll.

It will be 20 days in between matches for Midland, giving it time to heal and focus on fundamentals. Giesselmann said there are three elements that will be important for his team at nationals.

“We take a lot of pride in playing really good team defense,” he said. “For the most part, we’ve been able to hold our opponents’ hitting percentage low. That’s going to have to be a big part for us in Sioux City.

“The second thing is we need to be low error. That’s one of the things we’ve kind of struggled with consistently. We’ve been a little up and down as far as too many errors and giving too many points to our opponents. And we have to be really good in the serve-and-pass game. If we can do those three things, we have a chance to be competitive.”

Offensively, Midland has plenty of firepower. Four hitters — Priscilla O’Dowd, Maggie Hiatt, Taylor Petersen and Jenny Bair — have more than 200 kills this season. Setter Jessica Peters has 1,325 assists and is second on the team in digs (276).

Peters has more than 5,100 career assists while O’Dowd — who has been slowed by injuries this season and sprained her ankle in the GPAC tournament semifinals — became Midland’s career kills leader this season. O’Dowd is second in the NAIA is hitting percentage at .437.

“There’s no question that those two drive the engine,” Giesselmann said of Peters and O’Dowd, who also were prep teammates at Papillion-La Vista. “Going back to high school, they’ve had such a great connection as far as a setter- middle blocker combination.”

Midland is one of six GPAC teams in the 32-team field at nationals.

“When you have six teams representing your conference, that says a lot about the depth of your conference,” Giesselmann said.

The other GPAC teams in the field include:

Hastings: The Broncos, who won the 2016 national title, are 19-6 and ranked 13th. They are led by Lucy Skoch, a Hastings St. Cecilia who averages 3.65 kills per set, and Bellevue West grad Sage Meyer, who averages 3.04 kills and is second on the team in digs with 268.

Dordt: National runner-up the past two years, the Defenders went through the GPAC unbeaten this season and bring a 21-match win streak to nationals. Ema Altena averages 3.95 kills per set, while setter Jamie De Jager was named the conference player of the year.

Northwestern: The eighth-ranked Red Raiders are 24-7 and reached the GPAC tournament final. Lauryn Hilger, a Millard South graduate, leads the Red Raiders with 480 kills as she averages 4.57 kills per game.

Morningside: Emma Gerber and Krista Zenk have combined for more than 600 kills for the tournament’s host school. Blair graduate Callie Alberico has more than 1,000 assists.

Jamestown: In its first year in the GPAC, the 22-8 Jimmies went 10-6 in league play and have the conference libero of the year in Julina Niemeier, who averages six digs per set.