Share Share Wisconsin volleyball receives No. 6 overall NCAA tournament seed tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email UW Athletic Department Commuications No. 8 Wisconsin volleyball is in The Dance.
Fresh off of their weekend wins over Rutgers and Penn State, the Badgers received the overall No. 6 seed in the NCAA tournament, and with it, home court advantage the first weekend.
Wisconsin (22-6) will host Horizon League champions UW-Green Bay (20-10) in the first round Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT at the Field House. The Phoenix, led by Ashley Sledge (.303 hitting percentage) and Taylor Wolf (4.62 kills per set), were first in the Horizon in offense, hitting .208 on the season. Pepperdine will take on Northern Iowa in the second match, with the winners playing Friday at 7 p.m. CT.
From USC Athletics Communications and Public Relations The programs last postseason berth of any kind came in 2002, under head coach Kim Williams. The Gamecocks are 4-7 all-time in the national tournament, advancing to the second round in four of seven trips. The Gamecocks finished the year with a 19-9 overall record and a 10-8 mark in SEC play, both win totals were the highest since 2008. With a RPI of 32 and strength of schedule that also ranked in the mid-30s, the team is ready for a shot at the postseason. “Weve always wanted to be here and we finally get this night and to be here is almost breath-taking,” senior Aubrey Ezell said. “This really is the dream, but its not over, we still have to play and keep going as far as we can in the tournament but just to be here out of all the teams that wanted to be here… just to be picked was amazing.” “Its something that weve talked about, looked forward to, and worked hard for… its all been leading up to this and Im so excited for our team this year,” added junior Mikayla Shields. “This is something new to us, but its not new to our coaching staff, so going into this next week and preparing for this game is going to be an exercise in settling ourselves and following what we know our coaches have done and really focusing in and grind it out until we can go play in Minnesota.” This will be the second meeting ever with the Buffaloes, the previous coming back in 1989. Colorado finished 18-13 overall with a 10-10 record in the Pac-12 conference. It made the round of 16 in the 2017 tournament, beating James Madison and Baylor before losing to the eventual national champion Nebraska. The winner of the first-round match will play the winner of Minnesota and Bryant (22-12). The SEC sent five teams to the tournament this season, the most since 2014. For more information on the teams trip to the tournament, follow along on Twitter and Instagram @GamecockVolley. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday.
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Though Friday’s loss at Penn State denied the Gophers an unbeaten Big Ten season, they earned the prize they really wanted Sunday: a No. 2 seed in the NCAA volleyball tournament. The Gophers (25-3, 19-1 Big Ten) will host the first and second rounds of the tournament this weekend, opening play Friday against Bryant. South Carolina and Colorado will play the other first-round game at Maturi Pavilion, with the winners meeting Saturday in the second round.