Instant Peay Play: APSU Volleyball heads to UCLA for NCAA Tournament opener

Posted November 28, 2017

Goal setting is something the University of Utah volleyball team has talked about a lot this season and soon they get to check hosting rounds one and two of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship off their list.

The Cougars will face American University (26-7) on Friday at 7 the Smith Fieldhouse in Provo in a first-round matchup.

The Utah-Cleveland State victor will take on the victor of High Point (24-7) and Purdue (22-9) on Friday at 7 p.m.

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Six seniors will play their final home matches in an NCAA atmosphere.

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. And if the Jays reach the Round of 16, they could set up a rematch against No. 8 overall seed Washington (24-7), which Creighton beat in the season's opening weekend.

Michigan State enters its 20th NCAA Tournament and will meet Missouri State on Friday at 5 p.m. ET. While the Big Ten season is a grind, it also gives our teams a level of preparation to go toe-to-toe with the other great teams in this tournament. MSU made it to the second round in 2011, 2014, and 2015, and advanced to the Sweet 16 both 2012 and 2013. For the first time in program history, Baylor volleyball will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at the Ferrell Center.

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2017 OVC Champions Austin Peay Volleyball heads west to take on UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blujays earned the conference's title with a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Marquette in the league championship. Missouri State lost to Ohio State in Manhattan, Kan., last season, and defeated Arkansas in 2006 for its only tournament victory.

This is Missouri State's third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

UND is 0-4 all-time against the Gophers, including a 3-1 loss in last year's regular season before losing 3-0 in the NCAA tournament. Fighting through this portion of the tournament, Nebraska will be just three-four hours from the Final Four location in Kansas City, Missouri - making it a likely Nebraska-based crowd if they make it that far in the tournament.

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