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Eight Big Ten Volleyball Teams Selected to NCAA Tournament

Eight Big Ten Volleyball Teams Selected to NCAA Tournament Eight Big Ten Volleyball Teams Selected to NCAA Tournament
Domingo Copeland | 28 November, 2017, 01:46

Goal setting is something the University of Utah volleyball team has talked about a lot this season and soon they get to check hosting rounds one and two of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship off their list.

Winners of Friday's matches will play on Saturday. The winners will play on December 2 at 6 p.m., and the champion of the four-team sub-regional advances to the third and fourth rounds December 8-9 at a site to be determined.

Missouri State earned its 13th NCAA Tournament berth, returning to the field for the third-straight season and 10th time in the last 15 seasons. Rice enters the NIVC with a 21-8 overall record and finished Conference USA competition with an 11-3 record.

MSU's streak of seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is the third-longest in the Big Ten, behind Penn State and Nebraska.

Ticket and broadcast information will be added to this article as that information becomes available.

Wichita State was seeded for the first time in school history, receiving the No. 16 seed and securing the right to play on their own court. The 2015 team was seeded No. 16.

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The schools last met in volleyball two years ago in a second-round NCAA tournament match in Horejsi Center.

"We're used to being the underdogs and I think we've proven ourselves with some good top ten wins, but we also had some falls throughout the season as well", Minarick said.

2017 OVC Champions Austin Peay Volleyball heads west to take on UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The field includes 20 automatic qualifiers and 12 at-large teams. "And we hope to reach more goals as we go along the way".

Lohman said that with the recent struggles the Gophers have had, losing three of their past six matches, the No. 7 seed was a good place for the squad to land. The Redhawks enter the matchup 23-8 overall and winners of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. The Cougars will host the first two rounds of the tournament, also welcoming the No. 24 Oregon Ducks and Kennesaw State Owls to Provo. A season ago, Stanford knocked Minnesota out of the Final Four.

Texas Tech is set to take on SMU at 4 p.m. Thursday in San Marcos as part of the NIVC, which returned after a 22-year hiatus.

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