The No. 7-ranked BYU women's volleyball team earned a No. 13 seed in the 64-team NCAA Tournament, it was announced Sunday night.
North Dakota and Minnesota will play at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Minnesota Sports Pavilion with the victor to take on the victor of Northern Iowa and Louisville. The victor of each match will advance to the second round, set for 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Cougars will open play Friday in a match versus American, which was champion of the Patriot Conference.
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The 2017 season marks the 22nd year the Golden Gophers have advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Joining Penn State and Nebraska is No. 8 Minnesota, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 12 Michigan State and No. 16 Purdue.
The four top seeds (and likely regional hosts) are No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Stanford, and No. 4 Kentucky. It also marks the second-straight year Minnesota is facing North Dakota in the First Round, as the Gophers defeated the Fighting Hawks in 2016 and won, 3-0. The Huskers finished the regular season with a 26-4 record.
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Michigan State is making its 20th overall NCAA Tournament appearance, and earned its seventh consecutive at-large bid to the Championship, the second-longest streak in school history.
"It's wonderful. We love playing at home, and for anyone that was here last night or saw it on tv, it was an unbelievable atmosphere to compete in, and we're very fortunate that we get to play in the best college volleyball arena in the nation". "We look forward to opening up the tournament against a very good American team as well as hosting Kennesaw State and OR".
"I knew we would be talented, but I didn't know if we would be any good". 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. Sophomore McKenna Miller was second on the team with 328 kills with senior middle blocker Cosey Burnett adding 237 kills, good for third on the team.
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