NCAA Tournament Play Begins for Collegiate Volleyball

NCAA Tournament Play Begins for Collegiate Volleyball
Nebraska's Callie Schwarzenbach goes up for a spike against Katie Myers of Maryland. AARON BECKMAN/FOR THE WORLD-HERALD

Huskers

The Nebraska volleyball team was selected as the No. 7 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night and will host the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds at the Bob Devaney Sports Center next weekend.

The defending national champion Huskers, making their 37th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, will open the tournament on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. against the Hofstra Pride (25-7), champions of the Colonial Athletic Association. The 4:30 p.m. match will feature the Missouri Tigers (23-7) of the SEC and the Arizona Wildcats (22-10) of the Pac-12. Friday’s winners will meet on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

The 2018 season marks the 34th time that Lincoln has hosted NCAA first and second round competition. Nebraska is 108-31 (.777) in 36 previous NCAA Tournament appearances. The 2018 Husker squad is looking to become the first Nebraska volleyball team to reach four straight final fours. This year’s NCAA Championship is set for December 13-15 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

Creighton

The five-time BIG EAST champion Creighton Volleyball team will appear in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight season, and eighth overall, when it takes on South Dakota (21-9) on Friday, Nov. 30, at 6:00 p.m. CST in Omaha, Neb. The field of 64 was announced on Sunday night on ESPNU.

Creighton (28-4, 18-0 BIG EAST) earned the No. 9 national seed, the third time in program history it has been seeded. The 2015 team was seeded No. 16, while last fall the team was also a No. 9 national seed.

The matches in Omaha will take place at D.J. Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center on the Creighton campus.

The winner of the Creighton/South Dakota match-up will meet the winner of Friday’s 3:30 p.m. match between Saint Mary’s (19-9) vs. Washington (18-12). Saturday’s Second Round contest takes place at 7:00 p.m. CST.

Creighton is 3-1 all-time against South Dakota. The teams last met in 2014.

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