Gophers to host NCAA volleyball regional Friday and Saturday

Kentucky is the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament

Kentucky is the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament

"We went to Nebraska twice the last two years, so we were kind of expecting to get sent somewhere else", Raudsepp said.

Every team that the Cyclones will potentially face in the tournament will be good. Radford is their first-round opponent Friday night.

UND and Minnesota will play at 7 p.m. Friday at the Minnesota Sports Pavilion with the victor to take on the victor of Northern Iowa and Louisville. Friday's other first-round match (8 pm ET) features No. 17 Creighton and Coastal Carolina, and the winners of Friday's games will meet on Saturday at 7 pm ET. The victor plays Saturday in the Fieldhouse against the victor of the other first-rounder between OR and Kennesaw State. The 2015 team was seeded No. 16.

Utah (22-9) received a No. 11 seed and BYU (28-2) received a No. 13 seed. I know this team is having a blast and we don't want the season to end. We just have to play hard and play with heart. "It is what it is, but nothing surprises me anymore with the committee and the tournament. So we will see how long we can keep it going".

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.

The most likely destination would be Kentucky. The Tigers will face San Diego in the first round. The current seniors are the only Tigers who have played in the postseason before. Nebraska gets another chance to feed off the underdog label, which fueled the team's Big Ten title run. Regionals for the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship will be held at four non-predetermined campus sites, which will be announced after play concludes, on December 2.

With TVs all around, they sat together at a table inside The Session Room restaurant and watched the unveiling of the field. If Minnesota defeats UND, the Gophers also play their second round game at home. "We're all just waiting for this moment".

"Our seniors have been providing us tremendous leadership", Launiere said. Meanwhile, it's the first time HPU has advanced to the national tournament in back-to-back seasons.

"I think a lot of it has to do with wanting to finish strong", Trueman said.

That's because the Jays' goals extend beyond enjoying a night of volleyball with a couple thousand home fans. All told, Kentucky has hosted the NCAA Tournament 10 times in program history including the opening rounds five times under Skinner.

"We're excited to be hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament", BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said in a BYU Athletic Department press release. Missouri State lost to Ohio State in Manhattan, Kan., last season, and defeated Arkansas in 2006 for its only tournament victory. Creighton won that match in four sets.

The Jays will do their best not to extend their focus beyond Friday, though. Junior outside hitter Taryn Kloth earned MVP honors at the BIG EAST Championships.

"It's nearly to a point where, in any kind of tournament play, the committee looks at you've got a KU team qualified and a Missouri team qualified, what could be better than let's just have them play each other?" Now they have to take advantage of it.

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