The University of Minnesota volleyball program received the No. 7 overall seed in the 2017 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championships and will host the First and Second Round of the tournament, Friday and Saturday night, announced tonight by on ESPNU. Central in Omaha, Neb. As soon as the TV analysts on Sunday's selection show brought up the Huskers, Staiger coolly remarked, "I want to play them".
Purdue (22-9, 12-8 B1G) is set for its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003 when head coach Dave Shondell was hired to lead the Boilermaker volleyball program.
The only other team to beat BYU this season, Baylor, is the No. 12 overall seed and also will host the first two rounds.
Should Baylor win its first two matches, it would advance to meet the victor of the Lincoln (Neb.) Regional, hosted by fifth-seeded Nebraska.
The Utah-Cleveland State victor will take on the victor of High Point (24-7) and Purdue (22-9) on Friday at 7 p.m. Central at D.J. Sokol Arena. Friday's winners will meet on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
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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.
Kentucky played nine teams who made the NCAA Tournament field, including three other SEC teams in Florida, LSU and Missouri. Creighton is 8-6 all-time in the NCAA's, including a 3-1 record a year ago when the team won the Lawrence sub-Regional and advanced to the program's first Elite Eight after defeating MI in the Regional Semifinal in Austin, Texas.
The four top seeds (and likely regional hosts) are No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Stanford, and No. 4 Kentucky.
This is 33rd time that Lincoln has hosted the opening weekend of the tournament. The Chants hit.247 as a team and average 13.33 kills, 15.11 digs and 2.32 blocks per set. The victor of the match will take on Creighton or Coastal Carolina. The team plays along with MVC Player of the Year Lily Johnson, Libero of the Year Emily Butters, with Coach of the Year Melissa Stokes at the helm.