CSU volleyball hoping 23 is their lucky number heading into NCAA Tournament


CSU volleyball hoping 23 is their lucky number heading into NCAA Tournament

The Cougars will face American University (26-7) on Friday at 7 p.m.at the Smith Fieldhouse in Provo in a first-round matchup.

Should the Gophers beat UND, they'll play Saturday night against the victor of Friday's first match between Northern Iowa and Louisville.

The victor of that match will face either regional host Kentucky or East Tennessee State in the second round from Lexington. The 2015 team was seeded No. 16.

For the third straight season the Cougars (28-2) are the No. 13 seed in the tournament, so congratulations to the NCAA for being consistent. "They talked about being more regional and everything I've seen before the selection show had us going to Iowa State or Creighton".

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.

The Cardinals have won 12 first round matches in their 25 years in NCAA play with four Sweet Sixteen appearances and an overall mark of 16-25 including one stretch of 16 straight appearances from 1998-2013. Since then, the Huskers are 8-0, losing just two sets. We are excited to get in and excited to keep playing. "It is what it is, but nothing surprises me anymore with the committee and the tournament". "Last year we were excited about it, but it's just different when you get to the tournament".

Illinois State earned the MVC's automatic bid to the NIVC as the league's top team not earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will face San Diego in the first round.

For seniors like West, it provides them one last opportunity to play in Hilton Coliseum.

"Oh, I want them".

As disappointing as the second round defeat was for Baylor, Staiger said it has helped grow into a more mature and complete team heading into the NCAA Tournament now.

"Sometimes it's not always about your seed", Cook said.

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.

The Nittany Lions are one of only two NCAA Division I women's volleyball programs to compete in all 37 NCAA Championship postseason tournaments since 1981.

Snuggled up in their gaudy Christmas sweaters, singing worship songs around a campfire and sipping on hot chocolate, the Baylor volleyball players couldn't possibly have looked cozier at the China Spring home of head coach Ryan McGuyre on Sunday night.



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