Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Gophers Volleyball Team is No. 7 Overall Seed in NCAA Tournament

Iowa State set to host the Princeton Tigers in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament The Border War is back on. This time at the NCAA volleyball tournament
Lillian Steele | 28 November, 2017, 01:20

A year ago, the Missouri volleyball team had to wait a while to see which teams would come to Columbia, where the Tigers would play host to the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

The victor of the Creighton/Coastal Carolina match-up will meet the victor of Friday's Michigan State vs. Missouri State match-up that starts at 4:00 p.m.

The first round match is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. (ET) in Omaha, Neb. The team who wins will play on Saturday against the victor of the No. 9 seed Creighton and Coastal Carolina match.

Nebraska was one of eight Big Ten teams in the field of 64, second only to the Pac-12, which got nine in. The Fighting Hawks enter the tourney with a 30-7 overall record and went 12-4 in conference play. Creighton won that match in four sets.

The Irish are dancing for the first time in five seasons. The Utes will face Cleveland State (22-7) of the Horizon League on Thursday at 7 p.m.at the Huntsman Center. The Gophers beat North Dakota in straight sets last season in the first round. MSU made it to the second round in 2011, 2014, and 2015, and advanced to the Sweet 16 both 2012 and 2013.

The top four seeds in the tournament include No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 Kentucky. Missouri State lost to Ohio State in Manhattan, Kan., last season, and defeated Arkansas in 2006 for its only tournament victory.

That trio is joined by Louisville native Alyssa Cavanaugh as Kentuckians who'll play in their home state in the NCAA. The tournament features 20 automatic qualifiers and 12 at-large teams; Bowling Green is the only Mid-American Conference school in this tournament.

Host Wichita State will face Radford on Friday evening following the Kansas-Missouri match.

Instead, NU was the No. 5 overall seed, and could be looking at traveling to Lexington, Kentucky, if it hopes to make a third straight trip to the final four in Kansas City.

With the No. 1 overall seed, Penn State will host the regional on December 8 and 9 as well.

The Pioneers' current RPI (55) is the highest end-of-season RPI in program history, which earned them a No. 3 seed in the region.

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