ETSU volleyball to face Kentucky in opening round of NCAA tournament

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Last year, UNI was eliminated by Creighton in an epic five-set match in the first round.

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"This is a great opportunity for ETSU", said ETSU head coach Lindsey Devine. If we couldn't be at Horejsi (Family Athletics Center), it's good to be so local. We've got so many parents that came to town for Thanksgiving, and they're just going to stick around for a week.

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. After losing back-to-back matches against Washington and USC, the team bounced back to beat No. 18 UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona. And they're going to be good.

The Red Raiders wrapped up the 2017 regular season at 15-14 and 4-12 in Big 12 play for Tech's first winning regular-season 2001.

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Notre Dame has advanced to at least the NCAA Championship round of 16 on six occasions.

Boise State is the only other MW team in the NIVC. "They don't want this season to end, so they are doing everything in their power to extend it as long as possible".

Baylor was one of four Big 12 teams making into the field of 64. Penn State earned the top seed followed by No. 2 Florida. OR is in the regional with Kentucky, while OSU plays in the regional where Stanford is seeded highest. Nebraska also was ranked as the No. 2 overall seed when the NCAA released a preliminary top 10 November 1. Additionally, team pairings were determined by geographic proximity, with the exception that teams from the same conference were not paired during the first- and second-rounds.

In their previous trips to the NCAA Tournament, HPU has fallen in three sets at Duke (2010) and at North Carolina (2016). In addition to those conference foes and Louisville, the Gophers have faced, and beaten, tournament teams Oregon State, Denver and Texas. At each site, four teams will compete in single-elimination regional semifinal competition.

Maybe the Huskers could sniff out what the selection committee was thinking when it left Nebraska outside the top four national seeds. McLaughlin is the only coach in NCAA history with a national championship on both the men's and women's sides.

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