Denver to Face Cal Poly in First Round of NCAA Tournament


Almost a year ago, the Utah volleyball players made a commitment to each other that they would earn the right to host the first rounds of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

No. 1 overall seed Penn State women's volleyball will host Howard in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday at 7:30 Rec Hall. Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, and IL all earned a spot in the field of 64. While the Big Ten season is a grind, it also gives our teams a level of preparation to go toe-to-toe with the other great teams in this tournament.

If the Huskers win two matches in Lincoln, they could be headed to Lexington, the regional site from which they advanced during the 2015 NCAA title run.

UNI is making its 21st overall NCAA Tournament appearance, returning to the postseason for the third-straight season. Launiere and her players said it has been one of their most important aspirations to be able to share the experience of earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament with their very dedicated fans.

No. 3 Stanford (26-3) vs. CSU Bakersfield (1913), 7 p.m. Nebraska is 102-31 (.767) in 35 previous NCAA Tournament appearances.

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This marks the ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament for College of Charleston (27-5), which sat firmly on the bubble at No. 50 in the final NCAA RPI rankings, and grabbed the final spot in the field after falling to James Madison in the CAA championship match last week. The victor of the match will advance to take on LIU Brooklyn or Washington.

Texas Tech will head to San Marcos, Texas to take on SMU in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m. If Michigan advances it would face the victor of the Stanford vs. CSU Bakersfield match. American has won 18 consecutive matches since losing at Navy on September 26.

Creighton will serve as the host institution. If Purdue wins, the Boilermakers would face either Utah or Cleveland State in the second round.

The last time the Irish made it to the second weekend of play came in 2005, when Notre Dame defeated Dayton and Northwestern in the first two rounds at home to advance to the round of 16. With a win, the Badgers would face the victor of the Princeton-Iowa State match. Friday's winners will meet on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.