Redbird volleyball headed to Wisconsin for NCAA 1st round

BYU volleyball returns to the NCAA tourney as a No. 14 seed

BYU volleyball returns to the NCAA tourney as a No. 14 seed

The tournament game at the Smith Fieldhouse begins on Friday, December 6 with BYU pairing against the State of New Mexico (27-3) at 7 p.m. MT after a game between Utah and IL (16-13) in the other Provo first round match at 4 p.m. MOUNTAIN.

The Redbirds won the Missouri Valley Conference's automatic bid to the tournament with a straight-set championship match win Saturday over host Northern Iowa. Friday's winners will meet on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

The square brackets were announced Sunday night, with the Cougars (25-4) obtaining seed number 14 in the 64-team tournament, which means they will host the first two rounds. Should those teams all advance past the first weekend, they would host an NCAA regional the following weekend. The Bears were the No. 12 national seed in 2017.

United States dollars will still participate in a postseason tournament as they have accepted the offer to play in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.

Central Michigan finished the regular season 21-7 with a 11-5 record in the Mid-American Conference, which was good enough to clinch a share of the MAC West Division title. The Cornhuskers will be seeded fifth overall and will host Ball State on Friday in the opening round. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Coyotes and the Chippewas. Nebraska is 113-32 (.779) in 37 previous NCAA Tournament appearances. It will mark the first time that the Seminoles and Knights will face each other in the NCAA Tournament. The 2019 Husker squad is looking to become the first Nebraska volleyball team to reach five consecutive final fours.

In addition to hosting the first two rounds at the Petersen Events Center, PPG Paints Arena will also house the Final Four beginning on December 19.