Utah, BYU to host NCAA volleyball games

Utah, BYU to host NCAA volleyball games

In all, eight Big Ten teams made the tournament.

The Big 12 Conference includes four teams in NCAA Tournament's field of 64 - Kansas, No. 6 Texas, No. 12 Baylor and No. 14 Iowa State. SMU received an automatic bid into the NIVC. Texas earned the No. 6 overall seed and will host Fairfield on Friday.

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. With a win, the Nittany Lions would face the victor of the VCU-Pittsburgh match. Nebraska is 102-31 (.767) in 35 previous NCAA Tournament appearances.

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The Gators own a head-to-head win over Nebraska in August, but the Huskers pushed Florida to five games in Gainesville despite missing injured starting setter Kelly Hunter.

Winners of Friday's matches will play on Saturday.

Athletes who assemble for NCAA tournament selection-show watch parties tend to stay pretty close to the script. First-round matchup appears on the TV screen and the players cheer, sometimes in hollow fashion.

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IL enters its 24th NCAA Tournament and will face Hawaii on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. The victor of the two matches in Provo feed into the Kentucky Regional for the Sweet 16.

The Falcons will play Thursday at 7 p.m.in Green Bay. If Michigan advances it would face the victor of the Stanford vs. CSU Bakersfield match. Notre Dame and Western Kentucky round out the Lexington First and Second Rounds' bracket and will play on Friday at 5 p.m. inside Memorial Coliseum. Jozsef Forman is in his sixth year as head coach of Coastal Carolina. Meanwhile, it's the first time HPU has advanced to the national tournament in back-to-back seasons. The winner between the Boilermakers and the Panthers will square off with the victor between Cleveland State (22-7, 13-3 Horizon League) and No. 11 Utah (22-9, 13-7 Pac-12).

After Saturday's four set loss to Texas, redshirt senior Katie Staiger, who has 1,698 career kills said she, as well as the other seniors, were hoping they'd get another shot to play in front of a home crowd. The victor to meet the Nebraska-Stony Brook victor in the second round at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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