Denver to Face Cal Poly in First Round of NCAA Tournament

Denver to Face Cal Poly in First Round of NCAA Tournament

After winning both the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships, the 25th-ranked Missouri State volleyball team found out its NCAA Tournament destination Sunday evening as the MVC's automatic qualifier, and will begin tournament play against Michigan State on Friday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m.in Omaha, Neb.

If the Falcons earn a first-round win, they will play the victor of a contest between Illinois State and Indiana-Purdue at Indianapolis (IUPUI) on Friday at Green Bay starting at 7 p.m.

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

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.

Nebraska was one of eight Big Ten teams in the field of 64, second only to the Pac-12, which got nine in. Creighton is the No. 9 national seed and owns a 25-6 overall record as the Big EAST regular season and tournament champion.

The University of Utah Volleyball team celebrates a point in a set of matches vs.




Michigan State enters its 20th NCAA Tournament and will meet Missouri State on Friday at 5 p.m. ET.

Denver has made the tournament the last four years, previously facing Stanford, Washington and Colorado State in the first round. The 2017 season also marks the third-straight year the Gophers have held a top 10 seeding in the NCAA Tournament, after holding the overall No. 2 spot the previous two years.

Texas Tech is set to take on SMU at 4 p.m. Thursday in San Marcos as part of the NIVC, which returned after a 22-year hiatus. Nebraska is 102-31 in the NCAA Tournament and is looking to become the first Husker team to reach 3 straight Final Fours. The Blujays earned the conference's title with a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Marquette in the league championship.

That trio is joined by Louisville native Alyssa Cavanaugh as Kentuckians who'll play in their home state in the NCAA.

The Huskers will host the first two rounds of play and depending on how Kentucky does in the first two rounds will either host again (if the Wildcats lose) or travel to Kentucky to play their regional matches. This year's Final Four is at Sprint Center, where Havili and Payne watched Kansas and Missouri play an exhibition basketball game.

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