Cyclones, Panthers into NCAA volleyball tourney

Casey Dawson
November 28, 2017

Games will be played at D.J. Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center on the Creighton campus. They play the Fighting Hawks at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday at 7 p.m.

"I think that was the loudest it's ever been", KU right side hitter Kelsie Payne said. This is an experienced team, with maybe a bit of a chip on our shoulder because we feel that we're able to compete with the best in the country and have goals of a long NCAA Tournament run.

Mizzou coach Wayne Kreklow called the Jayhawks a "really, really hard first round matchup", one that he thinks is a bit unfair for both teams.

Princeton won the Ivy League this year with a 10-4 conference record and it finished with a 18-7 regular season record.

The Purple & White (24-7) rode a 19-match winning streak from the middle of September on into November before falling in the Big South Championship match against Radford on Nov. 19.

It will be Utah's fourth appearance in the tournament over the last five seasons and 14th in program history.

Notre Dame earned an at-large bid and is making its first NCAA appearance since 2012.

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If the Cougars ground the Eagles, they'll either face the Ducks (17-11, 8th in PAC-12) or Owls (21-4, A-Sun Champions). Seimet and the Falcons will play in the NIVC post-season tournament.

The University of Wyoming volleyball team officially returned to postseason play Sunday with an invitation to the newly formed National Invitational Volleyball Championship.

Kentucky's opening round opponent is East Tennessee State who earned the Southern Conference's automatic bid after winning the league's tournament behind a sweep of Wofford.

Yet, Sunday night in the Naismith room in Allen Fieldhouse, nothing felt scripted about the huge roar from the Kansas volleyball players when their first-round NCAA tournament match appeared on the screen.

The Seminoles reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last season after an improbable rally past rival Florida.

The Huskers missed out on a top-four national seed as Penn State, Florida, Stanford and Kentucky received the top four spots from the NCAA Tournament committee. Host Green Bay plays Bowling Green and Illinois State takes on IUPUI in first round matches Thursday in that regional with the winners also meeting Friday.

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